Buddy Fishing Tournament to be held at MCLB-Albany Saturday

Jun 04, 2015

By Jennifer Parks, Albany Herald

MCLB-ALBANY — The public is invited to Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany for the 27th annual Buddy Fishing Tournament on Saturday.

The tournament will be held at the base’s Covella Pond, with registration the day of the event starting at 7 a.m. before the tournament runs from 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. It will be free and open to the general public, including personnel with installation access. It is being catered specifically to children ages 15 and younger, who will be expected to be accompanied by an adult.

No fishing license will be required to participate, and those who are catching are expected to bring their own fishing gear and bait. Participants will be allowed to keep the fish they catch. In recent years, there have been as many as 2,500 fish stocked in the pond in the days leading up to the tournament.

Trophies will be awarded to both boys and girls for biggest catfish and most catfish following the event. A hold-harmless agreement must be signed in order to participate.

While the public is encouraged to attend, MCLB-Albany officials are asking people to be mindful of the increased security protection in place at the installation.

“Due to increased force protection conditions already in place, all adult visitors without normal base access will be required to provide identification at the main gate,” said Colie Young, public affairs officer at MCLB. “All guests are encouraged to arrive early for proper processing and are reminded not to bring weapons of any kind, drugs or alcohol.

“Additionally, all fishing equipment such as coolers, tackle boxes, etc. will be searched. Proper identification for those driving a vehicle will include a valid drivers license, registration and insurance.”

Those who wish to register in advance or need more information can contact Julie Robbins at (229) 343-2079. Those with base access can go to the Installation and Environmental office.

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