Community Center Holds Fishing Fundraiser

On Saturday, July 17, the Richfield Springs Community Center held its annual Bass Fishing Tournament Fundraiser at the Canadarago Lake New York State Boat Launch.

The event drew a large turnout with 66 anglers and 32 boats, with the tournament reeling-in competitors from as far as the Carolinas and New Jersey.

Tournament winners are determined by weighing the three largest bass from each boat for a total combined weight. A lunker contest is also held for the tournament’s single largest bass caught.

Allan ‘Doc’ Green and his son-in-law Sam Batschelet took 1st place with 9.89 lbs. Coming in 2nd place was Derek Stoddard and Wade King at 8.29 lbs, with Steve Banks and Blaine Joslyn taking 3rd place at 7.66 lbs.

Allan Green also won the lunker contest with a 4.13 pound catch. “We had a great time out there on the lake today,” Green said.

Event organizer Bill Kosina said the tournament was a great success and is looking forward to an even larger turnout next year. “This fishing tournament was my dad’s idea for a fundraiser many years back. He had a bait shop and was in the Susquehanna Bass Association.

“He passed away in 2014 and this is one way of keeping his memory going,” Kosina said.

Kosina said the tournament is a great way to raise money for a local cause. “The event sponsors’ donations and 25 percent of the entry fees go towards the prizes for the anglers, and the rest is used for fundraising for the Richfield...

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