Jena Stewart, a former University of Oklahoma cheerleader who graduated in December, finished third in the recent Red Snapper World Championship held in Orange Beach, Ala.
The red snapper season opened June 1 on the Gulf Coast and the conclusion of the five day championship tournament was Sunday.
Stewart of Edmond caught a 23.8 pound red snapper on the opening day while fishing with the charter boat Shady Lady, captained by Eddie Hall.
Stewart’s father, David, also lives in Edmond and owns Zeke’s Landing Marina in Orange Beach, home to the largest charter fishing fleet on the Gulf Coast.
“These same charter boats all worked in the cleanup,” said David Stewart, who also owns a small oil and gas company in Oklahoma City. “Red snapper season opened with a bang in the same waters that were covered with oil from the BP oil spill at this same time last year.”
The red snapper season ends July 15. In addition to red snapper, the fishing charters at Orange Beach also provide overnight bill fishing for marlin, sailfish, yellow fin tuna, wahoo, dorado and other salt water species.
Anglers also could opt for in-shore fishing trips for speckled trout, redfish and sheepshead.
For more information, visit www.zekeslanding.com