LOGAN — Anglers will be heading over the banks of the Guyandotte soon to take a chance on winning a cash and prizes, along enjoying the great outdoors while remembering a friend.
The annual Tony Gill Memorial Fishing Tourney will return to Logan Sat., Aug. 9, 2014. As always there is no entry free required to take home the grand prize and enjoy bragging rights for bringing in the biggest fish of the day.
The annual tournament is held on the Guyandotte River from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is held in memory of Tony “Bluegill” Gill, a local fisherman known for his love of the sport of fishing and his good nature. This year’s grand prizes for fish and door prizes should amount to several thousand dollars. During the 8th annual event $3,000 worth of cash and other prizes were hauled away by lucky winners and organizers of the event note that the purse grows exponentially every year.
Organizers noted that some 250 area anglers and sport fishermen competed last year.
Leonard Codispoti told The Logan Banner that the rules of the event are simple in order to encourage as many people as possible to show up and participate. The person catching the longest bass will be awarded $200, $200 for the longest catfish, and $150 for the longest carp. Second place prizes will also be awarded in those categories and there will be other chances to win.
Registration will be Saturday morning at McDonald’s parking lot in Logan between 7-8:30 a.m. You must be registered to win.
“There is no entry fee. All that is required is a valid West Virginia fishing permit,” Codispoti said.
Other rules in the tournament are:
• All fish must be caught on the Guyandotte River between the Rum Creek Bridge at Three Mile Curve and the Peach Creek Bridge on the day of the tournament.
• The fish will be measured at the McDonalds parking lot.
• Fish must still be alive.
• No fish will be measured after 3 p.m.
“Tony truly loved to fish and this is just something we have done through the years to keep his memory alive. He was known for his love of fishing and that is what this is all about. We encourage folks to show up on Saturday, Aug. 9 and take part in the fun and prizes,” Codispoti said.
For more information contact: Leonard Codispoti at 304-752-1897; Bernadette Rorrer at 304-752-1771; Wes Edwards at 304-946-2143; Mark Keyser at 304-752-0529 or Justin Hainer at 304-752-4105
The event is sponsored by the Gill and Codispoti families.