The fourth annual Fishin’ for a Cure Tournament, a panfish-tourney fundraiser for area children with health issues, will start at daybreak Saturday on the Altamaha River.
Weigh-in will be held Saturday evening at Noble’s Cabin in Long County.
The event is being put on by the Long County Sheriff’s Office and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division of the Department of Public Safety. This year’s proceeds will be donated to Oren Arnold, Emma Dyess, Kyan Combs, Hunter Martin and A.J. Arsenault, each of whom are suffering from a medical crisis or cancer. Last year, recipients received $11,000 each; more than $65,000 was raised from the tournament.
The entry fee is $50 per boat with no more than two anglers on board. All entrants must be at least 13 years old. Prizes will be awarded for the anglers who catch the 20 heaviest panfish, red-ear sunfish, shellcracker, bluegill, crappie or redbreast. The winner will take home $700, the runner-up will get $500, and third place receives $300. There also will be a kids’ tournament for children younger than 12 with prizes given out.
Fish will be weighed by personnel from the Department of Natural Resources. After the weigh-in, all entrants and sponsors will receive dinner.
To enter the tournament or for more information, go to www.fishinforacure.org or call Sheriff Craig Nobles at 912-977-0311, Lt. Dennis DeLoach at 912-237-3825, Capt. Kenny Nobles at 912-256-6824 or Sgt. Neil DeLoach at 912-237-2382. Tickets can be purchased at the 301 Market, 14230 Cecil Nobles Highway in Ludowici, or at the LCSO, 6 E. Academy St. in Ludowici. Noble’s Cabin is between Moody’s Camp and Adamson Fish Camp in Long County.