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Saturday, October 21, 2017
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"Helping Kids For Over 40 Years"

2016 ROHO Fishing Tournament Ranks As Great Success

Sharps Chapel, TN – Over the weekend, the annual ROHO Fishing Tournament was held at Beach Island Marina on nearby Norris Lake.  The tournament, which became a yearly event more than four and a half decades ago is designed to raise money to buy the needy grade school children of Bell, Lee, Claiborne, and Union counties clothes and toys each December they would not otherwise receive if not for the organizations efforts.

According to ROHO member Lawrence Tuck, “through the support of local businesses, church groups, other organizations, area residents, and club members, this year the ROHO’S were able to sell more than 8,000 tickets for the yearly cause, which will allow more than 320 area children to be taken on a shopping spree this December at the Middlesboro Walmart, with hopes of giving them the opportunity for a merry Christmas.” 

Prior to this weekend’s tournament, ROHO members had set a goal of generating enough support through their “Sponsor a Child” program to sponsor 260 children.  As of the end of the tournament Sunday, that goal was easily surpassed with an official number of 294 children receiving sponsorship prior to the event, and thousands of single tickets still to be tallied.

Hundreds of area residents participated in this year’s fishing tournament which began Saturday at 7:00 a.m. and ended Sunday afternoon at two o’clock.  Scott Heftinstall took top honors in the Largemouth Bass category with a catch of five pounds, two ounces, while Brian Cochran took second place a four pounds even.  Local angler Matt Johnson captured first place in the Smallmouth Bass category with a four pound bronze back, while Middlesboro resident Jessie Hoskins took second at three pounds 12 ounces.

The Rock Fish or Striper category produced a more sizeable catch this year, with Colby Clifton winning first place with a 22 pound 14 ounce catch, while Brian Cochran who took second in the Largemouth category doubled up to win second with a 21 pound four ounce Striper.

Austin Cunningham took home top honors and some good eatin’ in the Walleye category with a four pound two ounce catch, while fisherman Linzo Cornett finished second with a catch of three pounds six ounces. 

A surprise to many involved with the tournament, this year the Crappie category was limited to average size catches, but that was good enough for Jay Beeler and Kamryn Johnson to finish in a three way tie at one pound six ounces.  Beeler caught two fish of the same weight, while Johnson’s catch pushed the category into a three-way tie, forcing a split of the money in first and second place.

In the Bream/Sunfish/Shellcracker category, Jordan Kitts took first place with one pound 10 ounces, while Larry Bargo came in second at one pound four ounces.  It was the Catfish category however that took the title of biggest overall fish of the tournament.  Karlie Johnson boated a 31 pound 10 ounce whiskered fish to take first place, while Jessie Hoskins also doubled in the tournament with a Catfish weighing 30 pounds 14 ounces.

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All money for the various fishing categories of the tournament, as well as the cash prizes, and door prizes that were given out in the ticket drawing following the tournament were donated by area businesses and residents, with all proceeds from ticket sales going to benefit the area’s needy children this December.

ROHO Charitable Trust is a 501 © (3) organization and is comprised of men throughout the tri-state area who’s only purpose is to help the needy children of the area.  If you would like more information about ROHO Charitable Trust, visit the organization’s website at, or visit them on Facebook at ROHO Charitable Trust.

2016 ROHO Fishing Tournament

ROHO 2016 Poster

Look for the big yellow poster at many area locations for all the details of the 51th anniversary ROHO Fishing Tournament to be held May 7th and 8th at Beach Island Marina & Resort on Norris Lake.

ROHO Pavilion at Middlesboro Country Club

Roho Pavilion

As the Middlesboro Country Club gets geared up for their Re-Grand Opening, the ROHO Pavilion sign got a makeover as well. Special thanks to Samson Bailey and the whole crew at the golf course. A lot of work has went into revitalizing the course and they deserve the communities support. Office hours are from 8:30-5:00, and you may also reach them at 606-248-7435.

Meeting Place and Time

Middlesboro Country Club

The Roho Club is very grateful to the Middlesboro Country Club. They allow the Roho's to have a place to meet year round.  

We meet the 1st Monday of each month at 7:00PM.  If you are interested in becoming a member, make plans to attend a meeting for more details!

Donate to ROHO

Donate an amount of your choice to ROHO Charitable Trust.

All donations go to help our children!

ROHO Fishing Tourney

ROHO Fishing Tournament 

ROHO Fishing Club sponsors a fishing tournament each year to raise funds for our Kids' Christmas Shopping Spree.

Get more information on the fishing tournament by Clicking here.

Sponsor a Child

For a donation of $150, you can sponsor a child in our Annual Christmas Shopping Spree!