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September 26, 2010

Rotary to hold bass pond fishing tournament

Woodward, Okla. — Do you and your friends enjoy fishing, but get tired of fishing in the same ponds?

The Woodward Rotary Club is offering a chance to fish in 3 private ponds on the same day through a 2-Person Bass Pond Tournament fundraiser set for Oct. 9.

The event will begin with check-in and registration at 6 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Then the tournament begins at 8 a.m., once teams have had time to make it out to their first pond.

The locations of the ponds will not be revealed until the day of the tournament, according to Chairman of Bass Pond Fishing Tournament Bret Brewer.

Participants will have 2 hours to fish at each pond, with an hour break between sessions to allow teams to switch between ponds.

When the participants catch a bass they will weigh it and keep track of total weight caught, Brewer said, noting at the end of the day, the 3 teams with the top weights will be given gift certificates to different businesses around town.

Teams wanting to participate can contact a member of the Woodward Rotary Club to sign up.  Spots in the tournament are limited and there will be an entry fee charge.

For an additional fee, participants can also individually enter the Big Bass Competition for a chance at a cash prize.

According to Brewer, participants can enter their biggest bass weight and their name into a drawing and the winner will receive all the proceeds that went towards the Big Bass Competition.

This is the second bass pond tournament sponsored by the Rotary Club this year, Brewer said, noting the first was held in May.

“The first went one went really well, and everyone who participated must have liked it, because they had asked for another to be held in the fall,” Brewer said, noting he has never had anyone ask for a fundraiser to be held again so soon.

Brewer credits the success of the first tournament to being able to fish on different ponds that are normally not available to the public.

“I enjoyed getting access to new ponds that I normally don’t have access to,” Brewer said. “Whether the people won or lost they enjoyed fishing in a new pond.”

Brewer said the landowners basically donate their ponds for the day.

Because of that, he said, “It is all catch and release, we don’t want to keep any of the fish that belong to landowners.”

Brewer said its a good day for everyone to come out and enjoy some fishing.

For more information about the 2-Person Bass Pond Tournament call (580) 273-5939 or (580) 254-9102.

Proceeds from the tournament will go to support Rotary community projects, which include college scholarships and a "Coats for Kids" program.

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