The 10th Annual “Take an Adult Fishing Tournament” is This Weekend

by Free Speech on July 23, 2010

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Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

River Currents
by Gary Engberg
©2010 Gary Engberg Outdoors

Wyatt Stout of Sauk City with a nice bass.

Wyatt Stout of Sauk City with a nice bass.

This coming Saturday, July 24th, is one of the highlights of the summer for children and their parents, guardians, brothers, sisters, and grandparents with the 10th Annual “Take An Adult Fishing Tournament” sponsored by the Wilderness Fish and Game store in Sauk City, Wisconsin and many more companies and individuals. This “fun” tournament has become an event that children and adults from all over southern Wisconsin look forward to every July. The tournament takes off from the parking lot at the Wilderness store at 6:00 am after a brief rules meeting and prayer by local Pastor Dwight Poulfuss.

Most of you readers have heard me write and talk about the many fishing events for children that I’m involved in and participate in most weekends during the summer. There was the Moose Fest in Montello, the Family Fishing Day in Mazomanie, the Kid’s Fishing Jamboree at restored Lake Delton, the Kid’s Fishing Day in Madison at Warner Park, the Fishing Has No Boundaries event on Lake Mendota, and this coming weekend’s great children’s fishing tournament in Sauk City. All of these kid’s fishing days and tournaments serve the one single purpose of getting more children and adults together in the outdoors participating in a activity that they can be involved in for their entire lives and having fun.

This weekend’s goal in the “Take an Adult Fishing Tournament” is to introduce children to fishing as a fun activity in a drug and alcohol free environment. Getting the young and old together in the outdoors while taking part in “good old fun” and healthy interaction is worth its weight in gold! This week’s tournament has a mission statement which says that “the purpose of the event is to provide a fun activity that promotes healthy lifestyles.” Getting children and adults together on the water for a day of fishing, fun, and companionship is what this event is all about. I know that I keep saying that getting children fishing and involved in the outdoors at an early age is very important because statistics show that if not introduced to fishing at a young age the chances of getting involved diminish as the children get older. I’ve seen the smiles and grins from children when they catch their first fish and words cannot describe their joy! It doesn’t make any difference what kind or species of fish the kid’s catch as long as “something” tugs on their line. The key is to make the fishing experience a fun activity with the people that they are close to in their lives and outside activities. While fishing, let the children be part of the day’s activities by teaching them how to tie knots, play with rubber and plastic baits, and even show them how to bait their own hooks under your guidance. Allow the children to be a part of the whole experience, instead of you making all the decisions. This experience will hopefully help the kids and adults bond in this fun and life-long activity.

The crowd gathers for weigh-in at Wilderness Fish and Game in Sauk City

The crowd gathers for weigh-in at Wilderness Fish and Game in Sauk City

The rules for the tournament are simple and easy. The registration forms are available at the Wilderness Fish and Game (608)-643-2433) in Sauk City. Give them a call and ask for Wally, Wayne, or Larry who can give you any information that you may need. The registration forms should be in now, but I’m sure that forms will still be taken up till the event. Teams are allowed to fish anywhere that they choose as long as they are back to the Wilderness Fish and Game store by 2:00 pm for the official weigh-in. In the past, teams have fished the Wisconsin River, Lake Wisconsin, Devils Lake, Lake Redstone, and the Madison Chain of Lakes to name a few fishing locations.  Fishing can be done from boat or shore. Teams can have any number of children as long as they have signed liability waivers and a parent, legal guardian, grandparent or brother or sister to fish with. Every team should make sure that they also have a 2010 Wisconsin Fishing Rules and Regulation booklet. All Wisconsin fishing regulations are followed. Every team member will receive fishing cap for all from by a long-time sponsor, the Don Becker Law Office.

Awards will be given to the two largest fish caught in the following categories; panfish, trout, bass (largemouth and smallmouth), walleye and sauger, catfish, and roughfish. There also will be other great prizes drawn randomly for the children. Many companies and individuals have donated the many children’s prizes and some are; Culvers, Okuma, Pepsi, Arlington Agronomy, Pure Fishing, Rapala, Northland Tackle, Minn Kota, Badger Scale, Daiwa, Plano, Zebco, and Gary Engberg Outdoors. If I missed you, I apologize. If you have the chance, please thank these companies and the people who make this wonderful event possible! Fuch’s Trucking donates the stage for the weigh-in which give the event a big-time feeling. Members of the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) will be on hand to help including Robert Blosser of Poynette, who just won a big walleye tournament on the Bay of Green Bay. The pros will be there to help hand out prizes and awards, answer questions, and sign autographs. There also will be DNR personnel helping with Warden Greg Stacey and his invasive species exhibit which is well worth seeing. We also hope to have a few surprise guests. We’ve had close to a hundred teams in the past with hundreds of participants and this year should be no different. Plan to attend the weigh-in even if you’re not fishing to witness this wonderful event for children and their families. I’ll see you there!  www.garyengbergoutdoors.com

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