There are plenty of fish — more than 42,000 — to be caught at Kings Pond, and on May 8, folks will get a chance to catch as many as possible from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the second Kings Pond Fishing Tournament.
“Fishing is a popular sport at Fort Benning,” said Brittany Beadle, Outdoor Recreation specialist. “That’s why we thought a yearly fishing tournament was a good idea.”
In 2009, around 40 fishermen competed. Beadle said she is hoping for even more this year, especially with the addition of more than 42,000 bream.
Participants can either fish from the shore or from canoes, which can be rented on site, and can compete in teams of two or as individuals. The team with the heaviest stringer and the top three individuals with the heaviest fish will receive cash rewards. The cash amount will depend on how many people participate in the tournament. The only fish that will count toward the weigh-in are bream, bass and crappie, and there are no creel limits.
Although the tournament is open to children, it is more geared toward adults, Beadle said. If children do attend, anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
The cost to participate is $10 per angler if prepaid and $15 the day of the event. The price includes lunch, which will be served after the tournament. All competitors must have a valid Georgia fishing license and a Fort Benning fishing permit, which can be purchased at Outdoor Recreation, 1707 Gillespie St.
Fort Benning fishing permits are $12 for E-1 to E-4 and $10 for E-5 and up. Competitors are required to attend a briefing at 6:15 a.m.
To register or for more information, call 706-545-9636. or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.