A ‘reel’ good time: country music star brings fishing tournament to Lake Texoma

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KINGSTON, Okla. (KXII) - Competitors in Toby Keith’s Fish Bowl Tournament got up as early as 6 a.m. to compete in the first annual charity tournament at Lake Texoma in Kingston.

Fishermen of all ages gather to Lake Texoma to compete in Toby Keith's Fish Bowl tournament on Saturday, Sept. 07, 2019.

Development Supervisor, Jan Taylor says around 75 teams from all over Texoma came out and paid a $200 registration fee.

"A portion for all of our proceeds from this event goes to support the OK Kid Korral in Oklahoma City,” Taylor said.

The OK Kids Korral started in 2013 by the Toby Keith Foundation to help kids battling cancer and provide a home away from home, a comfortable living space in Oklahoma City.

The turnout was more than expected and Taylor said the registration numbers spiked as the tournament became a reality.

"About a month ago we had 10. The response has been tremendous,” Taylor said.

Taylor said the whole lake is open to the fishing competition involving three separate competitions: kids, striper and bass competitions.

For Travis Bailey and his family who competed in the striper competition said he thinks they have it in the bag with his 6.7 pound striper.

"Pretty good. All in all I think the boys had fun. So yeah, it was a good day,” Bailey said.

Regardless of how the tournament plays out, Bailey said he’s leaving with a new memory his family can take home to Texas.

Taylor said the event was a success and the Toby Keith Foundation is making plans for a second charity fishing tournament next year

"We would love to think is it's going to be an annual event. We're going to rally the troops and see where we land. We just feel like we're onto something big here," Taylor said.