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Calling all fisherman to Gateway Harbor

BY: Tiffany Monde, Tonawanda Source | January 16, 2013

TONAWANDA - The Gateway Harbor committee announced their third annual Hooked on the Tonawandas fishing tournament will be held Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30.

Kurt Alverson said they decided to move it back to June this year, because it is the free fishing weekend and no fishing license is needed.

“When we moved it to September in 2012 we didn’t have nearly as many people as we had in 2011, when it was held on the free fishing weekend, so we hope this will attract more people again,” said Alverson.

Another change this year is that instead of tagged fish there will be prizes for the largest fish caught.

“Last year we put 100 fish in the canal with tags on them, but there weren’t hardly any of them caught in that two day period so that’s why we decided to change that,” said Alverson. “So we are changing from a tagged fishing competition to a weighted competition, the ones with the largest weight will win first, second and third prize.”

There will be five different fish categories and the top three in each will get cash prizes for anyone 16 years old and older. Anyone 15 years old and under who registers will be eligible for merchandise prizes.

Another addition this year is on the Friday before the weekend competition there will be a “Cast Off Concert” to celebrate the start of the competition. Alverson hopes this addition will help attract more attention to the event.

The tournament will take place on the banks of the Erie Canal in Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. Boat fishing is allowed as well.

Anyone who wants to register can do so online at http://www.fishgatewayharbor.net/ or from noon to 6 p.m Friday, June 28. Registration for the event is $15.

The tournament was created to draw awareness to the Erie Canal as a fishing destination. This year they have also partnered with Mercy Flight to help raise funds for their organization.

Alverson said they are looking for sponsors for the event now, and anyone interested in doing so should visit the website for more information.

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