Once again this year, the community of Russells Point, Ohio is bracing itself for the 16th Annual Indian Lake Catfish Tournament which attracts novice and professional fishermen (and women!) from around the state. This year’s tournament runs from August 2 –5, 2012. I will be there, and I'm already strategizing a special bait concoction this year.
For a $15 registration fee, this is a fun way to get the entire family involved in a tournament. The event is sponsored by local businesses and benefits youth programs around Indian Lake. Even the butcher at the local IGA prepares for the tournament by stocking up on extra deliveries of chicken liver which is popular catfish bait (and usually my bait of choice).
There are more than $7,500 in cash prizes this year and ANYONE, even children, can win something. In fact, there is a children’s division, but tournament Director Randy Henson says children are also eligible to win prizes in the overall division. All it takes is one big fish.
“It’s a one-fish tournament so that means anyone can win,” Henson said. “You don’t have to be a great fisherman. You just have to catch one big fish.”
Remember, this tournament has more to do with luck than skill. So, grab your family, your pole and your bait and I will see you there.