Pittsgrove, N.J. – The Ike Foundation and the Mid-Atlantic Youth Anglers & Outdoor Program announced plans for the First Annual Ike Celebrity Pro Am Bass Tournament, a fundraising event open to the public and amateur anglers, on Saturday, Aug. 6, on the Camden waterfront.
The event centers around a bass fishing tournament on the Delaware River in the morning, a family fun zone from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. filled with games, food and fishing for the entire family, and an evening dinner and auction.
The tournament launches at 8 a.m. with Pro Angler-, Celebrity- and Amateur-paired boats and up-to-three person Amateur boats. Special discounts are available for college and first responder boat sign ups.
The public is invited to join the festivities starting at 11 a.m. They can take part in silent auctions, 50/50 trivia challenges, kids fishing instruction and carnival games, as well as enjoy music and food on the waterfront (next to the Camden Children’s Garden and just down from the Adventure Aquarium). They can visit with PBS’s Daniel the Tiger at the Camden Children’s Garden on the same day.
Weigh-in starts at 2 p.m., followed by the awarding of prizes to the top finishers along with the 50/50 and auction winners. Later, a dinner benefit offers an opportunity for the ticket buying public to mingle with the amateur and pro anglers.
The bass pros slated to compete represent the top bass anglers in the world. They include all-time-money-maker and superstar Kevin VanDam, along with widely-known champions Randall Tharp, Jacob Powrosnik, Justin Lucas, John Crews, Mike McCelland, Ish Monroe, Brandon Palaniuk, Fletcher Shyrock, John Murray, Matt and Jorden Lee, Josh Bertrand, Joe Sancho, Pete Gluszek and Mike Iaconelli.
Celebrities joining in the fishing tournament and on hand at the dinner to mingle with guests include: on-air, fishing personalities Mark Zona and Dave Mercer; YouTube comedic sensation and now the star of CMT’s The Ed Bassmaster Show, Ed Bassmaster; Chicago Blackhawks forward and avid fisherman, Bryan Bickell, along with UFC fighter Jim Miller.
Registration for the fishing competition, tickets for the dinner, and the schedule of events is on The Ike Foundation website.