The residents of Merigold have been fishing together for close to seven years. Their experience of fishing together finally paid off at the Media Bass Team Trail Fishing Championship Tournament at Lake Ferguson on Oct. 19 and 20 as they won the event by catching 29.36 total pounds of fish, which was the most of any team during the weekend.
The total weight of the duo’s 10 fish was less than two pounds more than the second place team of Charles Boyer and Tim McDaniel who caught 27.49 pounds of fish out of 10 fish.
The fishing tournament was the second one Mullins and Christmas has won as they won Desoto Lake Classic earlier this year. The two wins this year are the duo’s first two wins fishing competitively together.
Mullins, 34, said he is proud of what he and Christmas have accomplished this year.
“It’s kind of unbelievable,” Mullins said about he and Christmas winning. “We’ve been doing it a while and just never won. It (winning) made it us excited. Whether we finish last or finish first, we’ve always enjoyed finishing together. It makes us a little disappointed when we don’t do good, but we always enjoy fishing together.”
According to Christmas, a big key to the success he and Mullins have is the fact that they enjoy finishing with one another.
“We get along great,” Christmas said. “We get along really good. That’s probably a big part about it. I know a lot of people that don’t see eye-to-eye when money is involved, but we always get along really well.”
Mullins echoed Christmas’s sentiments.
“We’re just good friends and we just enjoy the outdoors fishing,” Mullins said. “We just get along good.”
Christmas said another thing that made winning the tournament in Lake Ferguson special was the fact that Boyer and McDaniel make an excellent team.
“Tim and Charles are about as good of competitors as you can get,” Christmas said.“They put a lot of time in the water. Tim, this is a second job for him basically. He owns his own company, so he gets to put a lot more time in the water basically. That says a lot for us to win and it says a lot for them to finishing right behind us because they’re pretty consistent. It takes quite a bit to beat somebody that puts that much time in the water.”
Mullins fishes in more competitive tournaments than Christmas. Mullins is currently pre-fishing in Washington Lake at Glen Allen in preparation for a tournament.
“I’ve always liked fishing but I like the competition to,” Mullins said. “It just kind of adds a different aspect to it that I like.”
Christmas said fishing has been a lifelong hobby of his, and the times he fishes in tournaments are when he fishes with Mullins.
The 30-year-old said finishing in tournaments is about more than just competing.
“I enjoy just being out there,” Christmas said. “I’ve met a bunch of good guys doing that. A lot of these locals guys that we fish with have met some really good people and made some really good friends. We congregate after tournaments, and we have a pretty good time. That’s a big part of it to.”
Mullins said an aspect that makes fishing fun is the outdoors.
“I like being in the outdoors whether it’s fishing or hunting,” Mullins said. “It’s just a challenge. Every time you go, it’s something different to catch’em and all and I enjoy doing it.”