MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. --
Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany will host its 22nd annual Buddy Fishing Tournament at Covella Pond, Saturday from 8-10:30 a.m.
The event is free and open to the public.
Registration for children ages 15 and below will begin at 7 a.m. the day of the event.
No license is required for the tournament, however, children will do the fishing with a little help from their “buddy.”
“This event is for the children,” said Eddie Parramore, natural resources manager, Environmental Branch, Installation and Environment Division, MCLB Albany. “The rule is that the fishing pole can only be in the child’s hands. The buddy or parent is allowed to assist the child, but not to fish for the child.”
Every year the Georgia Department of Natural Resources stocks Covella Pond with approximately 4,000 channel catfish, at no charge, according to Parramore.
“The fishing tournament is a great way to bring families closer together,” Parramore said. “A controlled environment such as this allows younger children to learn how to fish and still be able to catch a lot of fish.”
In addition, participants get to keep all the fish they catch.
“This is an opportunity for our neighbors, outside the gate, to come aboard the base and participate in an event they would otherwise not have access to,” Parramore said. “We are one community and I look forward to this event every year.
“To see a child catch his first fish and the smile on his face makes this event worth it,” he said.
As a fisherman you learn many lessons including patience, according to Sgt. Maj. Scott C. Mykoo, sergeant major, MCLB Albany.
“Sometimes it can take hours to catch something and sometimes you can go all day and not catch anything,” he said. “But from what I have heard, everyone will catch something at this tournament.”
Mykoo encourages parents and grandparents to bring their children to the event.
“A tournament such as this will teach children life-lessons such as patience and coordination, while having fun all at the same time,” he said. “I know we are all very busy, but we must spend time with our children. This is a great way to do it. So, bring your children, it could be an experience they will never forget.”
During the day members of the Staff Noncommissioned Officer’s Wives Club will sell refreshments to the fishermen and their buddies to raise money for their club.
The club purchased all the trophies that will be presented to the winners at the end of the tournament.
Trophies will be awarded to both boys and girls for catching the biggest catfish and the most catfish.
For the fishermen from the community, all motorists must possess a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance to gain access to the base. Transportation will not be provided from the front gate to Covella Pond.