The splendid Kanawha river played host to a flotilla of fishing vessels and hordes of angling enthusiasts as Charleston became home to the 2010 Fisher-of-Men Eastern Regional Championship last 15th and 16th of October. The championship — a project of a non-profit Christian ministry, celebrated its tenth year this 2010, and this marks the first time the event was held here.
“We’ve never been to West Virginia,” said founder and national tournament director Al Odom. “We have guys in West Virginia who’ve been fishing loyally with us for ten years and have never had a major tournament in their back yard so we felt like it was due time that we come to wild-wonderful West Virginia.”
The Charleston Tournament was one of four rounds held all over the country to qualify for the Fishers of Men National Tournament. Approximately 20 of the teams fishing at the competition came from West Virginia, and competed against out-of-town anglers to catch the largest of Kanawha River’s elusive bass.
“We don’t expect anybody to go out there and catch 30-pounds a day,” Odom said. “It’s a fair competition on a body of water that will challenge these anglers. We have some of the best amateur anglers from up and down the east coast and somebody it going to walk away with a brand new Triton Bass Boat–so it is what it is.”
The organization committee was delighted with Charleston’s environs, which led to the decision to bring the fishing tournament to the city. Charleston is home to West Virginia’s awe-inspiring gold-domed state capitol, as well as many of the state’s major businesses, hospitals, and universities. Its four beautiful seasons, its lush unspoiled scenery, and its friendly people make it a great place to host the competition.
Charleston is in close proximity to many of West Virginia’s best parks, nature trails, and historical buildings. The city also plays host to a diverse array of business functions, sporting events, and cultural festivities. Charleston also offers many attractive hotel options for tournament participants and spectators – including the Ramada Charleston, the Wingate by Wyndham, and the Hampton Inn Charleston Southridge.
“We really like the set up,” Odom said. The next Fishers of Men tournament in the city will be held on 6th November.