LOGAN — The 11th Annual Tony Gill Fishing Tournament will be held on Saturday, August 8 beginning at 8:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. on the Guyandotte River in memory of Tony “Bluegill” Gill.
There is no entry fee required and all those wishing to compete must register before 8 a.m. at the McDondald’s parking lot in Logan, near Logan High School. A valid West Virginia Fishing License is required upon registration and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Fish may be taken to the registration table at any time throughout the tournament for measurement and you may resume fishing after the fish is measured. All fish must be alive and must be measured by 3 p.m.
Cash prizes are awarded for first and second place in three different categories. First place for the longest catfish wins $200 and second place wins $50. First place for the longest bass wins $200 and second place wins $50. First place for the longest carp (or other fish, excluding gar) is $150 and second place wins $50.
There will also be a drawing that will take place at the end of the tournament at 3 p.m. for several other prizes, such as fishing rods, chairs, tackle boxes, lanterns, coolers and more. You must be registered to compete in the tournament and be present to win.
Gill passed away April 17, 2005 and this tournament held each year in “Bluegill’s” memory is organized by his family members and friends to honor his love for fishing.
He began fishing with his grandfather as a small boy and developed a passion for it, so much that it’s what he spent most of his free time doing. His father, Michael Gill, said that when Tony was little he would be waiting on him when he came home from work with his boots on and a fishing pole in his hand. He spent many of his days and nights on riverbanks with his friends and family catching fish and honestly earned the nickname “Bluegill”.