The Daily Item
SUNBURY — Members of the Capital City Bassmasters (CCBM) fishing club announced that its annual ‘Bass Classic” fishing tournament raised $17,078 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Central Pennsylvania.
The donation not only sets a record for the tournament, now celebrating its 10th year, but also brings the club’s history of charitable giving to LLS to more than $116,000.
“Getting over that $100,000 mark is something special,” says Capital City Bassmasters President Bob Herman. “It means so much to us as a club to help people battling cancer in Central Pennsylvania.”
The dollars generated by the Bass Classic are used locally to support research, patient support, and information programs for those battling the effects of blood cancers.
For the second consecutive year, the Harrisburg-based fishing club hosted its tournament on the Susquehanna River at Shikellamy State Park in Sunbury. The event had been staged for the previous eight years during the Kipona festival in Harrisburg, until state fishing regulators deemed the local smallmouth bass population too delicate for a ‘hold live, release’ style tournament ending with a dramatic Weigh-In.
Sections of the river to the north, in places like Sunbury and Montoursville, are considered to have a healthier crop of the tournament’s targeted species.
The overall winners of this year’s event are Toby and Luke Murray, of Montandon. The brothers caught five smallmouth bass collectively weighing 16.03 pounds. They received $3,000 in prize money.
Winners were also crowned for weighing in the single biggest fish of the tournament, or ‘lunker.’ Tony Reeder, of Williamsport hooked the impressive smallmouth bass, tipping the scales at 4.81 pounds. He and teammate Brady Gehr, of Hughesville, will split $400 and receive plaques.