Hello all. As the tourney is fast approaching, we thought we’d post the rules and regs for those that have requested. This is an excerpt taken from the Wellsboro Gazette.
Up to $14,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded during the 28th Annual Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament sponsored by the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Snowmobile Club.
The top cash prize is $1,000. There will also be two $500 cash prizes. The minimum prize for a tagged fish is $50 and may be cash, merchandise or a combination of both.
The two-day tournament will take place along a 13-mile stretch of Pine Creek between the Mill Street Bridge in Galeton Borough and the Ansonia Bridge in Shippen Township. Each of the 250 fish float stocked in that section of Pine Creek will be tagged.
Now until May 1, the fee to enter the tournament is $20 per adult and $15 for youth under 16. After May 1, the entry fee per adult will increase to $25; the fee for youth under 16 will remain the same.
To register for the tournament, visit www.pagrandcanyonsnowmobileclub.com and download a registration form. Registration forms can also be found at many businesses in the area.
Last year’s participants will receive registration forms via the mail. They are being sent out on March 31.
On Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the opening day of the statewide trout season, registration forms will also available at the snowmobile clubhouse on the south side of Route 6, halfway between Galeton and Wellsboro, near the Coach Stop Inn. This is for those who want to register in advance and pick up bags, badges and maps.
The next time the clubhouse will be open for registration will be Friday, May 18, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as anytime during tournament hours on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20.
All fish must be legally caught. On May 19, tournament entrants cannot begin fishing until 6 a.m. and must stop by 6 p.m. Hours on May 20 are 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those fishing before or after the stated times will be disqualified. No fish will be accepted at the check-in station (snowmobile clubhouse on Route 6) 30 minutes after the cut-off time.
What an angler wins is based on the luck of the draw. The angler has to bring the tagged fish in “live condition” to the check-in station and then draw a Ping-Pong ball. The number on the ball is then matched to the corresponding number on the big prize board on the club’s front porch to determine what the prize is.
Those competing in the tournament must have a valid Pennsylvania fishing license and must observe and obey landowners’ rights. Trespassing on private property is not allowed, nor is littering.
Funding for the tournament comes from donations made by local and out-of-the-area businesses and individuals. These donations include cash, merchandise, gift certificates and promotional items. The donation to sponsor a fish is $25. Businesses from Coudersport to Mansfield, Lawrenceville to Morris, Elkland to Westfield and Germania are asked for their support.
Money raised through the tournament is used to help cover the club’s operating costs and also to provide a scholarship for a selected graduating senior from the Galeton, Wellsboro, Mansfield and Cowanesque Valley high schools. Money is also donated to local charities, such as the food banks at Wellsboro, Galeton and Osceola and to help families with special needs.
For information, call 717-881-9358 or the club at 570-724-2888 or visit the club’s website at www.pagrandcanyonsnowmobileclub.com.