GALLIPOLIS — Anglers hit the waters Sunday morning in the hopes of winning the Gallipolis River Rumble. Boats launched at 6:30 a.m. in search of largemouth bass, with weigh-ins held at 2:30 p.m.
The event was an American Bass Anglers sanctioned event, and was a divisional tournament. The winner took home a purse of $500 and bragging rights.
This year was the 12th year for the tourney in Gallipolis, promoting fishing and tourism in Gallia County. The event is hosted by the Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Kaitlynn Halley, assistant director for the visitors bureau said: “These tournaments get folks in our hotels, restaurants and shops, once they see our beautiful downtown I know they will come back for more!”
She went on to explain that this benefits the community by drawing in new visitors and promoting the local economy and small businesses.
The winners of the tournament are total weight of fish caught. An award is also given out for biggest fish brought in. 13 anglers entered the tournament, seven of which brought in a catch. In order from seventh place to first, weight of fish following their name, the final placers are William Buck Reynolds, 1.10; Ed Snyder, 1.19, Barry Davis, 1.37; Jeff Dyer, 3.04; Greg Engels, 3.34; Boyd Yates, 3.41; and first place Matt Randlers with 4.78 pounds weighed. Randles also won the biggest fish award with a 3.04 pound bass.
Halley also explained: “Supporting our economy is very important at the GCCVB and we are looking forward to recruiting more tournaments at the Columbus Fishing Expo in 2018,” suggesting that more fishing tournaments could be coming to the banks of the Ohio River.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.