Local anglers will be able to honor one of their own, have a good time and take a chance on winning hundreds of dollars worth of cash and prizes at the tournament which is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4 along the banks of the Guyandotte River.
Registration for the event will be held at McDonald’s in Logan between 7-8:30 a.m. on Aug. 4. A valid West Virginia fishing license is required and you must register to win.
“We will be giving away all kinds of prizes,” said Leonard Codispoti, organizer of the event. “Registration is free and the overall winner will be receiving $300 in cash, but we have more prizes than that.”
Codispoti said the friends and family members of the late Tony “Bluegill” Gill started the tournament in memory of Gill’s well known love and enthusiasm for fishing, and wanted to honor him in a way he would have appreciated.
“His friends and family know how he loved to share his enthusiasm for fishing with others and he was always assisting someone in some way to enhance their own enjoyment of fishing too,” Codispoti said. “Anyone who is interested in fishing is encouraged to get your fishing license (the law requires that) and come join Tony’s friends and family by registering at the Logan McDonald’s parking lot beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4. You must be registered to win so get there before 8:30 a.m. to ensure your ability to win a prize.”
Second place winner will receive $100 in cash and there will be a number of additional prizes to be awarded including a special “Tony Gill Spirit Award.”
The rules for the tournament are simple:
- Longest fish wins the tournament, any type of fish except Gars. Any fish legal to keep is good. Absolutely no Gars, Codispoti emphasized.
- Fish must be caught on the river between Three Mile Curve at Rum Creek Bridge and the Peach Creek Bridge.
- Fish will be measured at the McDonald’s parking lot between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. and longest fish wins.
-Tournament starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. sharp.
- First place prize n $300 cash and a trophy. Second place prize n $100.
Plenty more in prizes will be up for grabs.
- Other prizes will include the Tony Gill Spirit Award for anglers ages 15 and under.
The tournament is sponsored by the Gill and Codispoti family and Tony’s friends.
“Come on out and try your luck with friends and family,” Codispoti said. “Enjoy the great outdoors along the Guyandotte River between Three Mile Curve at the Rum Creek Bridge to the Peach Creek Bridge. Who knows? You may be a winner. But even if you don’t win, it will be a great day to spend some quality time with your friends and family.”
For more information on the fishing tourney contact Bernadette Rorrer at 239-3713, Justin Hainer at 855-1319, To Caldwell at 752-3632, Wes Edwards at 946-2143 or Codispoti at 752-1897.