"Anglers will fish around the clock and across North America to raise awareness of problems facing our fisheries, and money to help solve those problems," said Teeg Stouffer, executive director of Recycled Fish, "anglers living a lifestyle of stewardship both on and off the water, because our lifestyle runs downstream."
Teams fishing in this years 24 Hour Fish-A-Thon will also compete to win the fishing trip of a lifetime to places like the world famous Mississippi Delta on the Gulf of Mexico with Griffin Fishing Charters for redfish and trout. Or – venture to the North Woods for trophy muskie, pike and walleye with Spring Bay Resort. Got a taste for the mountains? Montana’s Bucking Trout Ranch and a guided fly fishing trip with Mike Stack from Fish Tales Outfitters for rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout. To learn more about the trips being offered this year, please see our news article Epic Trips Await 24 Hour Fish-A-Thon Anglers.
Lines are cast Friday, September 9 at 7 pm until Saturday September 10 at 7 pm. During the event anglers are also encouraged to pick up any trash and use tackle that is easier on the environment, such as lead-free weights or biodegradable baits and lures, and practice good catch-and-release tactics. "Fishing for 24 hours can be quite the challenge. It’s like the marathon of fishing," said Ben Leal, Program Director for Recycled Fish. "One of the great things about this event is not only does it helps raise funds for Recycled Fish, it also helps raise awareness on a specific body of water that each team is fishing on. This year each teams message will be, 'We are more than sportsmen…We are stewards.'"
Now's the time to get a team together and head over to the Recycled Fish 24 Hour Fish-a-Thon registraion and get to work!
Participating anglers take photos of their fish and self-score their catch at the online Angling Masters Fish Calculator, then submit their score to the Fish-A-Thon judges. Top prizes go to the team with the most funds raised and the team with the highest score based on their best five fish photos. Prizes are also given for the best photos, the most "unusual" trash picked up and more!