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Downtown Dayton fishing tournament – Sept 22

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A fishing tournament is scheduled for the downtown section of the Great Miami River on September 22 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. This tournament is being organized by the Dumb Bassers Club and The All Ohio Police Fishing Tournament Committee and presented by Fisherman’s Headquarters and We Care Arts.

This is a repeat of last year’s event and promises to be a good time for all concerned. Participants can pick up a registration form at Fishermans’s Headquarters or print out a copy of the one attached to this article. The registration fee is $15 for participants over 16 years of age unless they can provide an original receipt from Fisherman’s Headquarters for at least $10, which will drop the fee to $10. Anglers under 16 can register for $5. It is suggested that participants mail in their registrations and fees prior to the morning of the tournament. An extra $5 fee per person will be added to registrations received the morning of the tournament and only cash can be accepted at that time.

The tournament area of the Great Miami River runs from the confluence of the Great Miami and Mad Rivers at Deeds Park (32 on the map) downstream to the low-head dam at the Tate Station (N on the map) just east of Broadway Street. This area is home to good numbers of carp, catfish, and smallmouth bass. There are also some rock bass, panfish, largemouth bass, saugeyes and white bass in this stretch. Contestants can choose to use live bait, attractant baits like dough balls or artificial lures so long as they abide by all Ohio fishing regulations, including licensing, methods, minimum sizes and limits. The prize details are included on the registration form.

Sunrise on September 22 is projected to occur at 7:22 a.m. This fits in well with the start time of 7 a.m. Participating anglers must check in at the headquarters canopy in the Code Credit Union parking lot at 355 W. Monument Avenue between 6:30 and 7 a.m. Remember to bring some trash bags, too, because this is an environmental tournament and each bag of trash brought to the scales adds 4 ounces to the weight of your biggest fish up to a maximum of 16 ounces for four bags of trash.

Remember this is a big fish tournament! It would probably be best to target carp and flathead catfish since they are the species most likely to provide a large fish. If the fishing is slow for those species, which is possible given the time of day, switch over to smallmouth bass using crankbaits and soft plastic jerkbaits because they are most likely to provide good numbers of decent fish.
Most of all, please be safe out there! Make sure anyone who cannot swim has a Coast Guard approved life jacket on. Check behind you before you cast! Stay well away from the area just upstream of the two low-head dams in tis area!

Don’t wait to get your registrations in! The tournament isn’t far off and We Care Arts is a worthy charity that does a lot of good in this area!

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