One of the largest fishing contests that were impacted by the COVID-19 virus was the BI-State Shad Fishing Contest. The contest was scheduled to take place on April 23-26 out of Easton, Pennsylvania …
One of the largest fishing contests that were impacted by the COVID-19 virus was the BI-State Shad Fishing Contest. The contest was scheduled to take place on April 23-26 out of Easton, Pennsylvania on the Delaware River.
This would have been the 10th year that this contest has been held and it usually draws anglers from across the United States who enjoy the competition and fishing for the hard-fighting American Shad that migrate up the Delaware River every year to spawn.
The contest awards $50,000 in cash and prizes, including a $20,000 top prize for the heaviest overall shad caught. The contest organizer Eric Fistler who started this event 10-years ago said he was saddened by the fact that this contest had to be canceled.
He went on to say, “There is a lot of planning and work that goes into it all year long. It's not just three months of the year anymore. It's all year-round with activities tied into the contest¸ so I was pretty much heartbroken.”
Last year the contest had a record 1,069 people participating and they paid an entry fee of $40 per person, and this year they already had 648 anglers confirmed when the decision had to be made to postpone the event to 2021.
The shad contest also has 100-plus sponsors who contribute cash and prizes including Yamaha C3 boats and Mayberry Marine, which offer an 18-foot boat and motor package for the event's prize drawing.
Fistler said, “I am more than pleased with how this event has done so well over the years. I never thought it would get this big, and without a doubt, we will be coming back 100 percent next year.”
Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is donating one million FDA approved ASTM Level 1 Procedure Face Masks to healthcare workers and first responders working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis across the United States.
Morris said, “We are extremely grateful to our nation's healthcare workers serving on the front lines of this unprecedented global health crisis. These heroic men and women continue to dedicate their lives to save love ones of others, and we are honored to support them on behalf of everyone at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's and the communities we serve.”
Jack Danchak is the President of the Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs of Sullivan County.
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