May 22, 2014 --
Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany will host its 26th annual Buddy Fishing Tournament at Covella Pond June 7 from 8-10:30 a.m.
The event is free and open to the public.
“Children under the age of 16 may catch an unlimited number of fish during the Buddy Fishing Tournament,” Julie Robbins, natural resources manager, Environmental Branch, Installation and Environment Division, MCLB Albany, said. “In addition, the participants may keep all the fish they catch.”
No license is required for the tournament.
Anglers must bring their own fishing gear and bait; however, live minnows cannot be used, according to Robbins.
Anglers may preregister at the Environmental Office located in Building 5501 or register the day of the event from 7-7:59 a.m.
“This event is for the children,” Robbins said. “The rule is that the fishing pole can only be in the child’s hands during the event. 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 and about 700 hybrid striped bass, at no charge, according to Al Belanger, game warden, Environmental Branch, I&E Div., MCLB Albany.
“The fishing tournament is a great way to bring families closer together,” Robbins said. “This is a great opportunity for younger children to learn how to fish in a controlled environment and still be able to catch a lot of fish.”
Trophies will be awarded to both boys and girls by age group for catching the biggest catfish.
Immediately after the event, Covella Pond will be open to all anglers until noon, according to Robbins. However, all non-sponsored personnel must leave by noon.
The daily limit of seven catfish will also be waived for the day, she added.
Anglers fishing after June 7 must have both a state of Georgia fishing license and a base fishing permit.
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.
For more information, call 229-639-9946.