The August 14 event is a special one and offers local anglers a chance to win cash and prizes, all without any entry fee. Friends and family members of the late Tony "Bluegill" Gill started the tournament several years ago in memory of Gill and his well known love and enthusiasm for fishing, and wanted to honor him in a way he would have appreciated.
The Tony Gill Memorial Fishing Tournament returns to the Guyandotte River the first of August.
"He was a very special guy and he made a lot of friends," said Leonard Codispoti who has a hand in the annual tournament each year. "We do this in memory of a great guy and a heck of a fisherman. August 14 is coming up fast and that's when the tournament will be this year. We will have all sorts of great prizes this year too. This is a great opportunity to get out on the banks and the water and do some fishing and try to win some of the $700 in cash and prizes that are up for grabs this year."
Codispoti told The Logan Banner that local anglers will be able to enjoy a good time on the river and take a shot at coming home with trophies, prizes and more on Aug. 14.
"We are putting together a lot of prizes this year and this thing has grown so much everybody has a chance at going home with something," Codispoti said. "It's getting bigger and better every year."
Registration for the event will be held at McDonald's in Logan between 7-8:30 a.m. on Saturday, morning Aug. 2. You must register to win. In addition to prizes, $700 in cash is up for grabs by lucky winners including:
n $200 for the longest bass.
n $200 for the longest catfish.
n $150 for the longest carp.
The tournament begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. sharp. The fish must be caught on the river between Three Mile Curve at Rum Creek Bridge and the Peach Creek Bridge. The winning fish will be measured at McDonald's parking lot between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The longest fish is the winner. A second place prize of $50 will be up for grabs for the second largest fish in each of the categories.
"And there will be plenty more prizes available than that,” Codispoti said. "We also have the Tony Gill Spirit Award for participants who are 15 and under. 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. 1," Codispoti said. "You must be registered to win so get there early to ensure your chance to win a prize. "
For more information contact: Bernadette Rorrer at 239-3713; Justin Hainor at 855-1319; Tom Caldwell at 752- 3632; Leonard Codispoti at 752-1897; or Wes Edwards at 946-2143.