For the third time in less than a year the Woodward Rotary Club is holding their Bass Pond Tournament fundraiser on April 16.

Chairman of the Bass Pond Tournament Bret Brewer said the tournament is a “phenomenal experience.”

“There are other bass tournaments, but none that I know of are set up like ours,” Brewer said. “It’s a pretty unique tournament.”

What makes the Rotary bass tournament different is it allows competitors to fish on 3 different privately owned ponds in one day, he said.

“They will be able to fish ponds they normally wouldn’t have access to throughout the year,” Brewer said, noting the locations of the ponds are not revealed until the day of the tournament.

Since the ponds are privately owned, the tournament is catch and release, he said.

"We (Rotary) appreciate the pond owners for letting us use their ponds for the day,” he said.

Brewer said registration is limited to 30 teams and there will be an entry fee.

“This sign up so far is mostly new people and I have talked to previous entries and they said they want back in the tournament,” Brewer said.

With a limited number of spots, Brewer said it would be a good idea to register before the event if possible.

Brewer added, check-in and registration is at 6 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church on April 16.

“After registering for the event (that morning), breakfast will be served while we’re going over the rules,” Brewer said.

Teams will then randomly draw for the pond they will begin fishing at, he said, noting fishing will begin at 8 a.m.

“Fishing will last 2 hours at each pond, with a hour in between to travel to the next pond,” he said.

There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners based on the teams with the top 5 bass by total weight, he said.

The 1st place winners will get a “big traveling trophy,” Brewer said, noting “It’s kind of like the Stanley Cup, the winners will get their name engraved on it and go down in history has having caught the most weight, until they are displaced by someone next year.”

The 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive plaques, he said.

Participants can also individually enter the Big Bass Competition for an additional fee, he said.  The Big Bass winner will receive a cash prize.

The Bass Pond Tournament has become the “primary fundraiser” for the Rotary Club, Brewer said.

“The funds help keep the Rotary Park updated,” he said.

The funds also go towards Woodward Rotary's numerous community projects, which include helping local students by providing them with scholarships, dictionaries, and food backpacks.  Rotary also supports the United Fund and Coats For Kids.

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

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