Photo courtesy of the Alabama Black Belt Adventure Association

Montgomery, Ala. (WDHN) – A boy and his father have a spooky story to tell.

According to the Alabama Black Belt Adventure Association (ALBBAA), Brandon Hornsby and his wife Tiffany took their son, Bray, on his first fishing trip to a private pond owned by family and friends in Notasulga. Bray wasted no time in catching his first fish.

“We took him there one evening just to get him out of the house,” Brandon recalls. “He’s never been fishing before. His mom likes to fish. It’s hard to get a two-year-old’s attention, as you can imagine, so we were sitting on the bank to fish.”

“It was funny because he was trying to cast a little fishing rod,” Brandon added. “He tried to throw it up, and it almost fell into the water. As I was trying to put it back in, the fish hit the worm and it went off. He tied it to himself and spun it around. It was his first one. He caught the fish by mistake.”

The happy accident resulted in two-year-old Bray winning the 2023 Best Picture Fish competition organized by the Alabama Black Belt Association.

Photo courtesy of the Alabama Black Belt Adventure Association

The photo shows Brandon and Brie just moments after he got his mini bass and garnered more than 1,300 votes online – winning a photo contest.

As the winning contestant, Bray will receive a prize package of an assortment of Road Runner crappie and bass fishing lures donated by TTI Blakemore valued at $250.

“This region is blessed with many lakes, rivers and streams, and the Best Fish contest aims to celebrate the summer fishing season and encourage people to enjoy our natural resources,” said Pam Swanner, executive director of the Alabama Black Belt Adventure Association. . “The images entered this year feature people of all ages who have wetted a line on our bountiful waterways found throughout our 23 Black Belt Districts. It is heartwarming to see these family shots that remind us of the unbridled joy of fishing.

“The winning photo Bray took with his dad definitely shows family memories made outdoors,” says Swanner.

The Alabama Black Belt consists of 23 counties located between the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and the coastal plains – Barbour, Pollock, Butler, Choctaw, Clark, Connechoh, Crenshaw, Dallas, Greene, Hill, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry and Pickens Pike, Russell, Sumter, Tuscaloosa and Wilcox.

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