Gone Fishing, For Prizes!!

By Georgia DNR, Wildlife Resources Division

Published: May 26, 2011

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You can win prizes, for fishing….yes, fishing!  Register for the 2nd Georgia Bobberthon fishing tournament and you could find yourself winning some fun prizes.  Bobberthon is a tournament at which registered anglers have approximately two months to catch tagged bream in any of four public fishing area lakes. The angler then must register their tag(s).  These first few steps guarantee a reward – but then even more prizes are available at the Grand Bobberthon Tournament!

“Prizes for Bobberthon this year include a 2-person fishing kayak, gift certificates, overnight stays at exciting Georgia locations and more,” says John Biagi, Chief of the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division Fisheries Section.  “Rep. Jimmy Pruett, the initiator of this event, has even put up a $2,000 prize for anyone who catches a new state record bream on the day of the tournament!”

Quick Tournament Details

• Registration: Interested anglers MUST register at a participating vendor (list found online at http://www.georgiabobberthon.com ).  Registration is available through June 11, 2011.

• Fishing Locations: Once registered, anglers can fish at one or more of four public fishing area lakes (Dodge County, Ocmulgee, Hugh Gillis and Flat Creek) that have tagged bream.  The tags are purple and say “Bobberthon.” 

• Tag Reporting: If an angler catches a tagged bream, they need to remove the tag from the fish (whether keeping the fish or releasing it) and return and register the tag at any of the same participating vendors (same as registration) by June 11, 2011.

• Tournament Dates: Dates to catch a tagged bream are April 16 – June 11, 2011.  Anglers that catch and report a tagged bream during that time are guaranteed a prize.  They then also are eligible to participate in the Grand Bobberthon Tournament on June 25, 2011.

• Prizes: As prizes are secured, they are listed on the Bobberthon website. 

The event is a collaborative effort between the Georgia Department of Natural Resources/Wildlife Resources Division, Georgia Department of Economic Development and five local communities (Bleckley, Houston, Dodge, Laurens and Pulaski).

For more information about Bobberthon, visit http://www.georgiabobberthon.com .

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