Martha SparksSociety Editor
July 19, 2012
A very special fishing tournament is returning to Logan in August and will bring another great opportunity for local anglers to win cash and prizes, as well as keep the memory of a fellow fisherman alive.
Tony “Bluegill” Gill was a local fisherman known for his love of the sport of fishing and his good nature. Following his untimely passing Gill’s family and friends began a special fishing tournament for the public to celebrate his memory and love of angling.
“This year the annual Tony Gill Memorial Fishing Tournament will be held on August 4th,” said local magistrate Leonard Codispoti, one of the relatives and friends of Tony Gill who helped come up with the eagerly anticipated annual tournament. “There is $700 in cash up for grabs with this year’s tournament as well as many other prizes, including backpacks for kids.”
Codispoti said the Tony Gill Memorial is not like other fishing evens.
“First of all there is no admission to enter. You can come, fish, not spend a dime and walk away the big winner,” he explained. “There is no entry fee. We do this for Tony’s memory and we think he would have been happy with it that way.”
All that is required to enter is a valid West Virginia fishing license and to show up and register at McDonalds in Logan between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Saturday, August 4.
The tournament itself will take place on the Guyandotte River and there are many chances for contestants to win cash and prizes.
“Fish must be caught on the river between Three Mile Curve at Rum Creek and the Peach Creek Bridge on the day of the tournament,” Codispoti explained. “This year’s cash prizes include a $200 prize for the longest Catfish caught, $150 for the longest Carp and $200 for the longest Bass.”
There will be a second place prize of $50 each for entries in those categories and there will be plenty of other prizes.
Fish will be measured at the McDonalds parking lot. Longest fish wins. Fish must be alive. Tournament starts sharp at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. No fish will be measured after 3 p.m.
For more information contact Leonard Codispoti at 304-752-1897; Justin Hainor at 304-752-4105; Bernadette Rorrer at 304-752-1771; or Wes Edwards at 304-946-2143.
“This tournament is sponsored by the Gill and Codispoti families on behalf of our friend and loved one and we invite everybody to come out on the river and participate and have some fun and win some prizes,” said Codispoti.