Kids Against Hunger Benefit Fishing Tournament
The math is good! Add Gull Lake fall walleyes plus an October fishing tournament plus a great cause and it all equals fun for a very worthwhile local cause.
That cause is Kids Against Hunger, a nonprofit Brainerd lakes area humanitarian food aid organization. Their mission is to reduce the number of undernourished children from around the corner in local Minnesota towns to starving families throughout the world.
The fishing tournament is officially named the Fishing to End Hunger Walleyedan Tournament. It’s a one-day team walleye tournament set for Oct. 5, with headquarters at Bar Harbor supper club. First prize is $10,000, second is $7,500 and third is $5,000.
“Having this event in the fall should make for an exciting weigh-in with some really large fish coming to the scales,” Walleyedan Eigen said. “I am not aware of a bigger walleye tournament ever on Gull.”
The tournament is limited to 100 boats.
“The thing about Gull is that there are many fish and many spots to find them (rocks, sand, mud and weeds). They’re everywhere,” Eigen added.
Eigen has participated and supported the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza, the Camp Confidence Classic, Fishing Has No Boundaries, the Minnesota Fishing Challenge and others. He said: “My family thought this would be a good opportunity to help another local charity — Kids Against Hunger — after John Poston, that organization’s director, talked with me. Major sponsor Cemstone also was inquiring, so I put the two together for this tournament.”
Other sponsors include Mills Fleet Farm, We Love it Outdoors TV, Yetti ice fishing houses and Bar Harbor supper club.
John Poston was proud of the 800,000 meals the group packed and shipped in their first 12 months. These meals went to the Brainerd soup kitchen; Operation Sandwich, a local summer lunch program for kids via Lutheran churches reaching 150 kids per day; Super Storm Sandy; Oklahoma tornado and Louisiana flood victims; and Haiti. The Nisswa-based Kids Against Hunger has no paid staff, and operates from donations and volunteer food packers.
Those volunteers have come from churches, scouts, 4-H, Teen Challenge, families, local businesses and other groups.
“This tournament will allow us to raise funds so young people can come in and pack without having to pay for the food. The more money we raise, the more food we can ship down the street or to those in need in other states and far-away countries,” he said.
Poston set a lofty goal of raising $50,000 the first year from sponsorships, silent auctions at the rules meeting and from the 100 fishing teams. Eigen said, “Kids Against Hunger is doing amazing things for those in need. We know our efforts will help hungry people.”
Register at www.fishingtoendhunger.com. Or, call Poston at 218-251-7639 to fish Gull Lake walleyes at the best time of the year. Watch the action at Bar Harbor on Saturday afternoon Oct. 5.