Win a fishing trip with tour pro by entering 24-hour Fish-A-Thon Sept. 10-11

Published online: Jun 15, 2010 News BoatUS
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COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA, June 15, 2010 - Would you like to have a chance to fish with a Professional Anglers Association (PAA) tour-level pro, or take a once-in-a-lifetime fishing getaway to a remote lodge? 

Either one could be yours if you enter and win the second annual 24-Hour Fish-A-Thon slated for September 10-11. Organized by Recycled Fish and sponsored by BoatUS Angler , the tournament will raise funds to help support responsible fishing and improve fish habitat. Anglers have until August 10 to register their team. So far, over two-dozen teams have signed up.

Open to freshwater anglers in all 50 states, you can begin by becoming a Fish-A-Thon Ambassador at, and sign up your team of two to four anglers. Each team commits to fish their selected body of water for 24 hours and secures pledges from family, friends or co-workers for each hour they fish, which typically range from $10 to $75 an hour. 

Lines are cast Friday, September 10 at 6 pm until Saturday, September 11 at 6 pm. During the event anglers are also encouraged to pick up any trash and use tackle that is easier on the environment, such as lead-free weights or biodegradable baits and lures, and practice responsible catch-and-release tactics. Participating anglers take photos of their fish and self-score their catch at the online Angling Masters Fish Calculator , then submit their score to the Fish-A-Thon administrator.

The Ambassador with the team who raises the most funds will win the first prize -- their choice of a guided trip for two including airfare with a PAA tour-level pro or a four-day/three-night fishing lodge getaway at Spring Bay Resort on Lake Vermillion, MN (airfare also included for two). The Ambassador on the team with highest score gets the other prize. 

The roster of PAA pros to choose from include: John Crews at Smith Mountain Lake, VA; Dave Mansue at Toledo Bend, TX / LA; Brian Snowden at Table Rock Lake, MO; Chad Morgenthaler (location TBD); and Matt Reed in Texas. Additional prizes from Berkley, Dick's Sporting Goods and Dragon's Custom Rods include tackle packages, apparel, gift cards, and custom-built rods. Prizes are also given for the best photos, the most "unusual" trash picked up and more.

Proceeds are donated to Recycled Fish and the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water to support responsible fishing practices and waterway stewardship programs. 

For complete Fish-A-Thon information and rules, go to , or contact Buddy Johns at

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