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Carp-a-thon popular in Rockford

August 08, 2009 at 07:18 AM

ROCKFORD — The 21st annual Carp-A-Thon came within a handful of entries of being the area’s No. 1 fishing tournament for 2009.

Last Saturday’s Carp-A-Thon drew a record 487 anglers, just 10 fewer than the entries in the Rock Valley Anglers’ catfish tournament in July.

Officials of the Coon Creek Casters fishing club, which sponsors the event, weren’t sure why their tournament entries were on the rise.

“It could be the economy,” said Bill Myers, club president. “People are staying around home more and might look at this tournament as a form of entertainment.”

The increased number of entries caused deadline logjam at the weigh-in scales. About 50 anglers were in line at the 4 p.m. deadline.

Myers said the club is considering adding a second scale next year.

The club also might bring in a farmer’s manure spreader, in which the anglers can throw their carp after the weigh-in. Carp are considered great fertilizer.

Myers said several anglers discarded their carp in the bushes and ditches near the tournament headquarters at Belvidere’s UAW Hall.

Father, son complete journey
Jeff and Taylor Turner of Warrenton, Va., completed their fishing adventure July 30.

The father-son team, which was featured in a Register Star story last December, fished in all 50 states in 50 days.

They caught a 39-inch muskie July 14 on the Fox Chain in Illinois.

You can check out their journey on the Web at fish5050.com.

PETA: No high school fishing
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is opposed to the creation of a high school bass-fishing tournament in Alabama.

PETA has urged the Alabama High School Athletic Association not to sanction the sport.
Illinois is the only state with a high school fishing program.

CWD rate rises in Wis.

The infection rate among adult bucks in Wisconsin’s core chronic wasting disease area rose from 10 percent in 2007 to 15.5 percent in 2008, according to the state’s Department of Natural Resources.

The area includes western Dane County and eastern Iowa County, where the fatal deer disease was found in 2002.

Japanese bass legally caught?
The 22-pound, 5-ounce bass recently caught in Japan might have tied the world record, but it might not be recognized.

Internet reports claim the fish was caught in an off-limits area of Lake Biwa.

Great plate
In response to my request for interesting outdoors-related license plates, Dom Castaldo of Mount Morris wrote about this one he spotted: SHT GUN 3. He suspected it belongs to a bird hunter or a trap/skeet shooter.

If you see or have an interesting outdoors-related license plate, contact me at the e-mail address or phone number below.

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