OSWEGO – More than 70 fun-loving females from throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states gathered recently for a memorable and charitable fishing tournament.
Capt. Chad’s annual All Women’s Fishing Tournament ran from June 26 to 30.
The event, now in its 14th year, is run by Capt. Chad Gehrig, skipper of the Oswego-based Son of a Gun charter service.
Proceeds from the tournament were donated to the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund in Syracuse.
This was the skipper’s second year organizing the event which had been managed previously by his parents for 12 years.
The tournament has grown every year and this year showed the biggest attendance from the amateur anglers.
“In my first year running the tournament, only ten boats were used and this year we had over 20 boats with women aging from 17 to 64 years old,” said Capt. Gehrig. “The women organize their own teams consisting of two to six people and also create unique and sometimes very funny team names.”
The tournament allows each team to fish from 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by an awards ceremony after the results and scores are gathered.
Scoring is much like other fishing tournaments where each team is allowed six fish to be weighed.
Ten points are given per fish and one point is given per pound.
This year, six salmon won the tournament but brown trout as well as steelhead were also caught.
Closing out the tournament activities was an evening of fun at the K&G Lodge with Gallows Road, a classic rock band from Syracuse.
Last year, the weekend’s activities raised $1,500 for breast cancer research.
This year, with the admission fee from each team and proceeds from the concert, Gehrig estimates an increase of just over 70 percent; making the donation to the Baldwin foundation approximately $2,600.
Tournament organizers hope to see over 40 boats participate next year in an effort to raise even more money for the local breast cancer research fund.
“It’s a fun experience you can do with your friends,” the skipper added. “It’s a great time for you to see what your husbands do every weekend and it’s for a great cause!”
For more information about the tournament, contact Capt. Gehrig at 315-529-0248. For more great Oswego County events, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com