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Flying Fish Festival & Bow Fishing Tournament

Flying Fish Festival & Bow Fishing Tournament

Ambitious fishermen and women can test their skills at the 2015 Flying Fish Festival & Bow Fishing Tournament.

The tournament includes $7,500 in prize money (first - $2,500; second - $2,000; third - $1,500; fourth - $1,000; fifth - $500) and several raffle contests. The festival will feature educational displays, kids’ activities and Asian Carp samples prepared by local restaurants.

The tournament fee is $120 per boat, which can include up to four people. Pre-registration is available until July 8, and registration on-site is available until July 11.

The money raised from this event will go to support the Union Sportsman Alliance and the Preservation of the Peoria Labor Temple. All fish caught will be converted into natural fertilizer by Schafer Fisheries.

The invasive Asian carp species is detrimental to the Illinois River. The fish, which can weigh up to 110 pounds but are typically about 30 pounds, compete directly with some native species for food. The silver carp variety can leap up to 10 feet out of the water when frightened, posing a threat to humans and property.


Event Information

  • Host hotel – Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino
  • Tournament fee: $120/boat (four-person limit)
  • Big 20 format (AKA each team submits their biggest 20 fish for weigh-in)
  • In case of a tie, the winner will be determined by the most fish weighed. If that does not break the tie, the team with the biggest fish wins.
  • Optional big fish pot available at $25
  • Available marinas to enter the water:
    • Detweiller (2 Caroline St., Peoria)
    • Cooper South (2601 N. Main St., East Peoria)
    • Chillicothe Boat Ramp (908 Front St., Chillicothe)
    • Pekin (foot of Court Street, Pekin)

Itinerary:

Friday, July 11

  • 6-8 p.m. - Meet & Greet, final on-site registration and boat inspections at Bass Pro

Saturday, July 12

  • 5 a.m.-1 p.m. - Tournament

  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. - Food sampling and educational displays at Bass Pro             

  • 2 p.m. - Weigh-ins at Bass Pro Shops (All competitors must be back at Bass Pro by 2 p.m.)

  • 6 p.m. - Dinner and auction at the Peoria Civic Center, open to the public. Cost is $1,000 a table, 10 people per table.



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