Fish For a Cure on Saratoga Lake

Save the fish stories for your buddies, because this bass tournament is about much more than that 10-pounder you caught but nobody saw.

Fish For a Cure is a bass fishing tournament on Saratoga Lake on Oct. 11 that will benefit the Capital Region Circle of Hope and the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The event, which is being hosted by a Voorheesville-based fishing club called the Helderberg Bassmasters, is a catch-and-release tournament, and all donations are tax-deductible.

One of its organizers and Helderberg Bassmaster member, Dennis LaGrange of Delmar, said that not only is it an important fundraiser for a good cause, but it will simply be a fun event.

"I would love to raise $100,000, $200,000, whatever we can do. Every bit counts," LaGrange said. "It's the first year, so if we do $5,000, $10,000, $20,000, whatever it is, I'll still be happy. I won't turn anyone down for this."

There is currently a 100-boat limit on the two-man fishing tournament and the winner will be determined by the overall total weight of six fish caught. There will also be a "lunker prize" for the largest fish reeled in during the tournament.

There is a $50 entry fee per two-man team, plus a minimum $50 donation to the Capital Region Circle of Hope or the American Cancer Society. There will also be an optional $5 per-person cost for the lunker prize. A certificate of boating insurance will also be necessary to enter the bass tournament.

The tournament will be held from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, and prize money is a 100 percent payback of the entry fees.

Sponsorship currently includes Rhino Sports and Fox 23 News' Buddy Check. LaGrange said he is in talks with ESPN to get them involved as well. Corporate sponsors may get involved by calling 577-8341.

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