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Icebreaker Fishing Tournament to benefit local kids

On Sunday, Feb. 23, and again on Saturday, March 8, the Weekend Bassers Club will be holding their annual fundraiser bass fishing tournament at Motts Run Reservoir to fund the Kids’ Fishing Derby to be held on June 7 of this year. Each year, this fishing club volunteers their time and efforts to raise money to expose area kids to fishing at Motts Run.

The Reservoir is a gorgeous place to relax, whether you’re simply sitting on the bank in a chair watching others fish, grilling a burger on a grill, canoeing, or fishing for any of the fish that thrive in Motts. There is a concession stand, bait, docks, port-a-johns, canoe rentals, trails to hike, and plenty of good panfishing, decent bass fishing and some really good catfishing on the reservoir. Don Minor is the head of the facility out there and does an outstanding job keeping the place up and running in a professional, but laid back fashion. Minor’s staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and they enjoy their work. Motts is just one of those places you want to take your kids.

The Reservoir is hosting two days of icebreaker fishing to anglers that want to try to show off their skills at one of the tougher times of year to fish. The fishing has been really good some years on Icebreaker Days and tough on others. The bottom line is that the Weekend Bassers and anglers that show up to fish don’t necessarily just fish to show off. A little of that might happen, though, if someone does well. However, my interaction with the members I have been around has been quite good. These guys just want to pass on their love for the outdoors. They are good anglers wanting to show kids how to have a good time in a fun, safe and wholesome way.

A bit of fellowshipping is likely to happen at the dock, both before and after the tournament. If you have never been out to the tournament and have one of the days open, consider giving it a try. It costs just $35 to enter. $5 goes towards the “big fish” award. There is a 70% payback, but 30% goes to the Kids’ Fishing Derby and/or other fisheries’ projects for Motts Run.

Tournament Rules:
 Two people per boat
 Five fish limit per boat
  (must cull fish prior to weigh in)
 Live well or cooler
 Size limit- 10” and over
 Artificial bait only
 No drugs or alcohol
Contact information: Ray Thomas 540-898-7542, Dickie Musselman 540-785-8087, or Steve Tinsley 540-752 -5716

HUNTER EDUCATION SCHEDULE
Just last week, I received a list of the local hunter education dates from Buddy Fines. Buddy has been a Hunter Education Instructor for a long time and was very timely in letting me know about these dates. Since he gave me the information, I have had people start to ask me when the next class was.
March 8- the class is in Spotsylvania at the Marshall Center. The point of contact (POC) is Stan Burrell at 540-582-5492.

March 22- the class is in Westmoreland at Oak Grove Baptist Church. Rick Wilks is the POC at 540-775-4625.

Go to http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/education/  in order to register. The next class in our area does not appear to be offered until July 21.

OTHER EVENTS
March 15- At Flat Run Baptist Church in Locust Grove, there is a Sportsman’s Banquet at 2:00 p.m. This is a family-oriented dinner with wild game, hunting and fishing speakers and tables with information. We went last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. POC is Mike Redgrave at 540-809-4077.

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