June 5, 2018
OSWEGO - K & G Lodge in Oswego hosts their 18th annual All Ladies' Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 30. Proceeds from this year's "Fishing for Freedom" contest will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).
"K & G Lodge and Fishing Charters is committed to supporting our nation's wounded veterans through the Wounded Warrior Project," said Courtney Gehrig of K & G Lodge. "The 'Fishing for Freedom' tournament directly supports the non-profit's programs and services that give our wounded warriors free access to mental and physical health support, employment and education assistance, as well as a variety of other services."
She added, "Many wounded veterans face significant challenges when they return to civilian life and, through the generous support of donors and corporate partners, WWP is able to provide support during their recovery, wherever they are in that process."
The tournament begins with a mandatory captains' meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 29 at the pavilion at K & G Lodge on county Route 1 in Oswego. The captain and at least one lady angler from each team must be present to discuss the rules of the tournament. Hot dogs and burgers will be served.
Fishing begins with a shotgun start at 6 a.m. Saturday, June 30. All charters must leave from the Oswego Harbor with the start/finish line located just outside the harbor walls. There are no restrictions on where the boats can fish; however, they must be back inside the harbor walls by 12:30 p.m. sharp, with no exceptions.
All participants must be lady anglers, aged 16 and above. Teams can be made up of two to four women and each boat is permitted one captain and one crew member. Everyone aboard the boat must have a valid NYS fishing license.
Weigh-ins begin at 1 p.m. at Wrights Landing Marina's picnic pavilion where pizza and soda will be served. Teams will be able to weigh in their six best fish. Scoring will be 10 points per fish, plus the weight of the fish.
Entry fee is $295 for each team. K & G Lodge offers discounted lodging rates for those participating in the event.
"This is an event like no other here in Oswego," said Gehrig. "The girls go out on the charters with experienced captains and learn valuable fishing tips; but they also have a lot of fun with a little healthy competition. Some of these women have been fishing with us for nearly 20 years, so there are some bragging rights involved too."
While this is only their second annual "Fishing for Freedom" contest to benefit WWP, K & G Lodge has offered an annual ladies-only fishing tournament for nearly two decades. In years past, proceeds from the event benefitted breast cancer treatment and research.
Gehrig added that they are very fortunate to have good relationships with other local charter captains who will be participating along with their own charter boats, Top Gun, captained by Greg Gehrig, and Son of a Gun captained by Chad Gehrig.
"We also greatly appreciate Cam's Pizzeria, Clubhouse Tavern and Dunkin' Donuts for their generous food donations, as well as Zink Shirts for creating t-shirts for the participants." For details about the tournament or to register, call K & G Lodge at 315-343-8171 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For up-to-date fishing conditions throughout the year, call 1-800-248-4FUN (4386) or visit visitoswegocounty.com.
About Wounded Warrior Project®
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help them aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, non-partisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
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