Cumberland River Comprehensive Care’s Friendly Village will hold the fourth annual Mental Health Awareness Fishing Tournament May 16-17 at Martins Fork Lake in Smith.
The event is hosted by Harlan County Bass Anglers. All proceeds from the event will benefit Friendly Village.
Beginning May 16, a catfish tournament will be held with the biggest fish winner receiving $200. Second place for this event will receive $50 and both winners will also receive a free T-shirt. This tournament will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 1 a.m. The cost is $15 per person, $10 for kids under the age of 16. You may also purchase a family deal, two adults, two children for $40.
“This will be bank fishing only,” said Kyle Jones, Friendly Village director. “Fish can be weighed at 10 p.m. and 1 a.m., but they must be at the scales at 1 a.m. for the final weigh in. The designated fishing area will be marked. Start and stop time will be announced. Registration begin at 6 p.m. at the boat ramp. This is an event where you can bring your daughter or son and enjoy spending time together.”
On May 17, the bass tournament will award the biggest large mouth, small mouth or spotted bass weigh winner $700 (guaranteed) Jones said. Second and third place winners will be paid based on number of entries. This tournament will begin at 7:30 p.m. and end at 3:30 a.m. The entry fee is $65, two people per boat. There will be a five fish limit and no dead fish will be weighed. Bass under the legal limit will be penalized. No live bait will be allowed. Fish will be measured on the Golden Rule by tail fanned. You must be at the boat ramp by 3:30 a.m. to weight in or you will be considered late.
Jones said everyone is invited to attend these tournaments. He added beginning at 4 p.m. on May 17, there will be free food, live local talent entertainment and a live auction on items donated by local businesses. He said you may also register for the bass tournament during this time.
“You may pre-register by May 15 and receive a free T-shirt for the Bass Tournament,” said Jones. “If you pre-register and fish both tournaments, you will receive a $10 coupon to be used for the auction. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so we’d like to see a large crowd come out and help raise funds for a good cause. A donation jar will be available for anyone wishing to donate to Friendly Village.”
For more information, you may call 606-574-0096.
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