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5 Fun Charity Fishing Tournaments for Fall

If you're itching to go fishing this fall, why not combine a little angling with giving and participate in a charity fishing tournament? Here are 7 big tournaments slated for September and October. One of them might be near you!



Stevensville, Maryland
The 2013 Chesapeake Bay Kayak Anglers Inc. Kayak Fishing Tournament for Charity is set for Friday, September 13 at Camp Wright in Stevensville, Maryland. The catch-photograph-and-release fishing competition starts at first light on Friday and lasts through Saturday, September 14. (The 15th is the rain date.)

This year's fishing competition benefits the Make-A-Wish Mid Atlantic Foundation and the Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland.

Gift certificates from area businesses ranging from $300 to $25 are awarded to winners, with the largest certificates going to those in the striped bass fish division, which is sponsored by Easton Cycle & Sport. The others divisions are perch and blue crab, and a $100 gift certificate from Paddlehouse Outfitters will be awarded to the participant who catches the largest bluefish.

The entry fee for Kayak Fishing Tournament for Charity is $60 prior to August 16 and $75 thereafter. Tent camping at Camp Wright is included in the registration fee. For an extra $25 per person, cabin sleeping is available, or participants can rent an entire cabin that sleeps eight for $200. Thinking about participating? Visit the Chesapeake Bay Kayak Anglers website to learn more.

Basalt, Colorado
This will be the tenth year that Mark Cooper, formerly of the Denver Broncos, has hosted his Annual Rocky Mountain Flyfishing Classic to benefit cystic fibrosis. Set in Basalt/Aspen, Colorado, on September 26, 27 and 28, this year's tournament includes social events as well as two fun days of fishing on the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers.

The tournament is a catch-and-release, point accumulation fishing competition for rainbow trout and brown trout, with winners taking home artwork as prizes. You don't have to be an expert angler to compete; professional instructors and all the equipment you need are included in the entry fee, which is $3,000 per each two-angler boat or $1,500 for individuals.

Appling, Georgia
The 2013 2nd Annual GA Southern Charity Tournament, sponsored by Georgia Southern University Bass Anglers and the Clarks Hill Fish for Life Foundation, benefits the American Cancer Society, which receives all profits from the event.

The fishing tournament begins at first light on Saturday, October 12 and lasts until 3PM at Wildwood Park's Clarks Hill Lake in Appling, Georgia.

The entry fee is $70. First place teams are guaranteed a $2,500 prize. An additional place is also awarded to every 10 boats, and there will be drawings for prizes as well. For more information or to register, visit the Clarks Hill Fish for Life Foundation website.

Registration for the Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic is $450 per person, or $400 before October 11. Over $7,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded during the tournament and much more raised by Mandich, a former player for the Miami Dolphins whose fishing classic has raised more than 135,000 for numerous South Florida charities since its inception.

For registration materials and more information, visit the Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic official website.

Alba, Texas
Since 1984, Sealy Outdoors has sponsored charity bass fishing contests for amateur anglers at various lakes throughout the USA. This year’s Big Bass Splash on September 20-22 takes place in Alba, Texas at Lake Fork Reservoir one of the hottest bass fishing lakes in the state. Anglers may participate in one, two or all three days of the competition, with entry fees at $135, $185 and $235 per person, respectively.

Part of the proceeds of each Big Bass Splash fishing competition goes to charity, and the tournament at Lake Fork is no exception, with some proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House and other select McDonald’s charities. Sealy also guarantees $500,000 of payouts in cash and prizes to winning participants.

To register online, go to the Big Bass Splash website. Can't make it to Texas? Another Big Bass Splash will be held in October at Lake Ouachita in Mount Ida, Arkansas.

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  • Brenda Moreno
    Brenda Moreno Wednesday, 09 July 2014

    I'll have to keep these events in mind for this Fall. I think it is great that people have thought to turn a sporting event in to a charity event. We need more people to be so considerate as to give their time up in this manner, for great causes.

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