EUFAULA — When Lester “Ripper” Wray hooked his first fish in Saturday night’s bass fishing tournament at Eufaula Cove, he barely reacted, easily reeling in the black bass and swiftly depositing it into the built-in tank in his Skeeter ZX200 bass boat. The catch came almost immediately after arriving at Fountain Head, his first stop on Lake Eufaula.
Wray’s second catch, however, got him jumping to his feet, pleading to the fish, Mother Nature and anyone else who might be listening.
“Come on, don’t jump, oh yeah, oh yeah,” he repeated giddily.
The fish jumped out of the water twice before Wray finally pulled hauled it in and dropped it into the tank. The catch left Wray exhilarated, shouting, “What a rush!” It called to mind not the 64-year-old angler fishing Saturday, but the 12-year-old boy growing up in Wilburton and experiencing fishing’s joys for the first time.
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