October 31, 2013 --
Expert, novice, young and young-at-heart anglers braved the cold weather during Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany’s 25th annual Buddy Fishing Tournament, Saturday.
The early morning tournament, only open to those with base access, was held at Covella Pond.
The purpose of the tournament was not only to catch fish, but it was about families spending time together, according to Julie Robbins, natural resources manager, Environmental Branch, Installation and Environment Division, MCLB Albany.
“The tournament gave seasoned anglers a chance to pass on their knowledge and experience to the young fishermen,” she said. “This was a great opportunity for fathers and grandfathers to spend quality family time with their children and grandchildren, making this an experience they will never forget.”
With temperatures hovering around 40 degrees Fahrenheit, the young anglers dressed in jackets and gloves, picked their fishing spots, baited their hooks and waited for the tournament to start.
Promptly at 8 a.m., the national anthem played as the Marines hoisted the American flag to the top of the flagpole in front of Coffman Hall. After the last note sounded, young fishermen, with the help of their “buddy,” grabbed their fishing poles and cast their lines into the water.
Fishing enthusiasts witnessed their bobbers floating on top of the water in a thin fog, which moved across the pond. The warm, moist layer of air over the pond mixed with the cooler air from land, eventually evaporated as the sun rose.
With the mercury on the rise, so were hopes of young anglers waiting for their first bite.
“The young anglers were determined to catch fish despite the cold weather,” Robbins said.
Unlike past years, the cold weather and low water temperature were contributing factors in the low attendance and the amount of fish caught, according to Robbins.
“The cold weather affected the fish dramatically,” she said. “Fish are cold-blooded and as the water temperature cooled down, they went through quite a bit of a bio-chemical change. Ultimately, their metabolism slowed down so much that it began to offset their feeding behavior.”
Each angler also received a goodie bag from Robbins for participating in the tournament.
The 2014 Buddy Fishing Tournament is tentatively scheduled for June 7.