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Thursday, September 22, 2011

24 Hour Fish-a-thon Final Results!

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The results are in! From Recycled Fish:

Over $17,500 raised. Over 13,000 pieces of trash out of our waters. Something like 2,000 fish caught and released (photographic evidence of 1250). The biggest bass, trout and catfish in the history of the event. An estimated 26,000 grassroots connections and over a quarter million media impressions for our waters. Wow! Wow! Wow! 

Team Bear Trail landed the number one fundraising team and they are sending us to the Mississippi Delta with Griffin Fishing Charters to chase redfish and speckled trout!  While standing waist deep in the Naknek today I dreamed of redfish and luckily my clients have plenty of experience with these beasts.  I soaked up their free flowing knowledge and I'm looking forward to sight fishing for redfish!  And I wouldn't be heading there if it were not for all the support and encouragement of all of you!  Thank you for helping us rock this year's fish-a-thon. Team Bear Trail raised more this year than the entire 2010 Fish-a-thon and fifty percent will be going straight to Bristol Bay's campaign to prevent Pebble Mine. 

We surpassed our goal of $5000!!!!
 I'm so proud of my team, my lodge, my friends and family, and all the people who have raised their voice to help prevent the Pebble Mine by donating, volunteering, and encouraging.  I deeply thank you.  Thank you Sam Snyder for inspiring us to participate-your optimism is refreshing.

A very special thanks to the 24 Hour Fish-a-Thon Volunteer Team: Andre, Arron, Buddy, Ben, LeAnn, Alex, Craig & Teeg: your hardwork and efforts are much appreciated.  Thank you for being so fantastic!
And thank you to all the teams who participated in this year's fish-a-thon, I'm looking forward to next year already!  Thanks to all the sponsors for this year's fish-a-thon, your generosity is much appreciated:

Trip #2 – Top Fishing Team:  Team Bass Addicts
Ted, Kevin and John are going to the North Woods with Spring Bay Resort to fish for musky, pike, walleye and smallmouth bass.
$100 DICK'S Sporting Goods Gift Card with Abu Garcia Vendetta Rod & Cardinal Reel Combo
 Runner-up fundraising team: Team Playland 1
Shakespeare 6-piece travel rod
3rd place fundraising team: Team NEFGA 1
$100 Scheels Gift Card
2nd place fishing team: Team Fishing Friendzy
$50 Scheels Gift Card
3rd place fishing team: Team KayakJak
Dragon's Custom Rods "Trash Rod" & We Are Stewards T-Shirts for all team members
Team who collects the most trash: Team Savuka
Berkley Fishing Products $100 Prize Pack & We Are Stewards Shirt
Runner-up trash collection team: Team Fishfeeders
Curt Redden Largemouth Bass
Highest scoring bass (any species): Team Catch Us If You Can - 1061
Curt Redden Brown Trout
Highest scoring trout (any species): Team Roaring Fork – 1034
Curt Redden Bluegill
Highest scoring sunfish (any species): Savuka Bluegill – 863
Curt Redden Walleye
Highest scoring walleye, pike or muskie (any species): CRA Pike – 924
Curt Redden Catfish
Highest scoring catfish (any species): NEFGA Outstate - 1,222
Curt Redden Crappie
Largest crappie (any species): Playland Crappie – 742
Build-A-Sign Photo printed on canvas
Best "Hero Shot" Photo Overall: Team Bear Trail
Scott's Elite Lures Tackle Pack & We Are Stewards T-Shirt
Runner-Up "hero shot" #1: Catch Us If You Can
Scott's Elite Lures Tackle Pack & We Are Stewards T-Shirt
Best "hero shot” #2: Team Toads
Curt Redden Note Cards Set
Media & Awareness Award: Team CRA
Sportsmanship Award: Team Dragon's Custom Rods
Sportsmanship Honorable Mentions: Team Miller, Team Zombie, Team Playland 2
Participation Awards: Team Count, Team Flyinit