113 E Amelia St • Cassville, WI 53806
(608) 725-2199 or Toll Free (844) 725-2199
For the last 29 years (and counting), anxious fishermen have sat in their boats on the Mississippi River, along Riverside Park, waiting for the starting gun to sound. What follows is a frantic six hour dash to catch as many “legal” fish as possible. So it was again this year where fishermen from all over the area vied for prizes based on total weight of fish caught. Most of the fish caught every year include Catfish, Sheepshead (Drum), Gar, Carp, Pike, with a few Crappies throw in for good measure.
Although some may have a hard time getting excited about catching “rough” fish, the tournament is designed to help control the population of these species on the river, and the tournament is closely monitored by the Department of Natural Resources. The fish that are caught do not go to waste. Many fishermen do eat what they catch, and know how to properly prepare them for cooking and/or smoking, while fishermen/farmers often grind their fish into feed meal for livestock.
This year saw approximately 75 boats and 150 team members setting their hooks into more than a ton of fish, and then enjoyed an after-tournament meal prepared by the American Legion.
Great River Sportsman was happy to become a sponsor of this year’s event. Special discount pricing was made available to all tournament participants for bait, tackle, rods and reels.
Our Grand Opening was a great success! Besides great deals, our customers also were treated to free fishing seminars by “Hutch” (Tim Hutchison). Hutch hand makes all his fantastic tackle, and we are proud to be one of his dealers. Our customers also enjoyed a free lunch of hamburgers, brats, hot dogs, and fixins’ while giving generously to the Cassville Food Pantry. To round things out, Super Hits (B106.1) out of Dubuque did a live on-site radio segment hosted by Dick McGrane.
We appreciate the great attendance and support that the community has shown us, and look forward to continued success in the future!
The Sportsman’s Sportsman
1964 - 2015
Heaven’s Fishing Hole
For years, the riverbank was where
Your soul felt most at peace
Your heart was most content when there
With the fish and the geese
But then, your spirit came to rest
Where angels chose to roam
And once equipped with ten pound test
You made yourself at home.
The sky became your deep blue sea
The clouds became your shore
And there, for all eternity
You sat with friends galore
Each angel was a fisherman
Who had traded his pole
For golden wings and a game plan
At Heaven’s Fishing Hole.
The tales you told about each catch
Its stature and its girth
Will live in memories unmatched
As days pass here on earth
Until we meet again, one day
Upon God’s golden sand
We’ll picture you, no other way
Than with a pole in hand.
© 2006 – Jill Eisnaugle’s Poetry Collection
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