A former cheerleader at the University of Oklahoma recently traded in her pompoms for a fishing pole en route to taking third place at the Red Snapper World Championship fishing tournament.

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_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.”