NASHUA, N.H. — The New Hampshire B.A.S.S. Federation Nation and Toyota of Nashua joined forces on Father's Day, June 17, to hold the first City Fishing Tournament. The event featured a multidivisional, one fish tournament and a CastingKids competition.The proceeds — $1,500 — were donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua.
"We're having our 40th Anniversary and Toyota USA is celebrating its 50th," says John Foster, tournament director for the New Hampshire B.A.S.S. Federation Nation and spokesman for the event. "We wanted to do something as an organization besides just fish, something for the kids and the community. This seemed like a natural."
Toyota of Nashua, the oldest — and largest in sales — Toyota dealership in New Jersey, has long been a supporter of youth in the community. The dealer's involvement in this event was sparked by vice president Bob Draper's interest in fishing. Jim Burrows, sales representative for the dealership, handled the coordination and details.
Under Burrows' supervision, Toyota of Nashua — with a lot of help from Toyota of New England and Toyota USA — guaranteed cash prizes for the adult anglers and trophies for all the kids. Segway Inc. donated two self-balancing scooters to help with on-site transportation during the day.Contributions from Lowe's, Joe Catalano of Granite State Rod & Reel, Ill Iguana, Bass Pro Shops and the East Side Anglers helped make the event a success.The prizes and good weather — along with plenty of tasty food and cold beverages — resulted in 69 anglers participating in the charity event, including six from the Boys & Girls Club.
First place in the boater division went to Travis McKee. His 3-pound, 3-ounce largemouth easily out-weighed Tim Reardon's second place fish of 2 pounds, 8 ounces.
Krystopher Draper won the bass shore division with a largemouth weighing 2 pounds, 12 ounces. Eddie Downs came in second. His fish weighed 2 pounds, 7.5 ounces.
In the CastingKids contest, hosted by the New Hampshire Hawg Hunters, the 7- to 10-year-olds group winner was Mathew Capalario. Ronny Eichler took the honors in the 11- to 14-year-old age group. Both kids are looking forward to the state competition later this year.
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