GRAFTON — Proceeds from a fishing tournament will be used to market Grafton.
The Grafton Chamber of Commerce is playing host to the inaugural River Rat Catfish Tournament June 21-22.
Flooding last year adversely affected local businesses, with several closing as a result. The tournament aims to help the town bounce back, according to the chamber's website.
Tournament payback schedule is 35 percent for first, 20 percent for second, 15 percent for third, 12 percent for fourth, 10 percent for fifth and 8 percent for sixth. Eighty percent of the proceeds will be refunded in prizes based on a $75 per boat entry fee.
For information, visit http://enjoygrafton.com/feature-stories/detail/138/grafton-catfish-tournament#description-tab, call Rick Eberlin at (618) 623-9265 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Teams will consist of two to four members and will have a six-rod limit.
2. In case of severe weather the tournament committee reserves the right to postpone or cancel and will refund all entry fees.
3. Tournament sign-up will be allowed up to one hour prior to the scheduled start.
4. The team captain/team representative must sign in prior to the start of the tournament.
5. Fishing will take place from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.
6. Teams must compete from a boat and remain in the boat during fishing hours.
7. Boats can be launched from any ramp on either side of the river, but participants must start from the Grafton Marina at 7 a.m.
8. Fishing within 50 yards of a previously anchored boat or 100 yards within the Grafton Marina entrance will be strictly prohibited.
9. Only fish caught by rod and reel during tournament hours will be weighed.
10. All teams must comply with all federal and state laws.
11. Any legal, commercial or natural baits will be allowed, but there will be no chumming or fishing over baited holes.
12. All fish that are brought to the scale for weigh-in will be alive and in good health.
13. All weighed fish will consist only of channel, blue and flathead catfish.
14. Tournament fish limit is six fish per boat. Big fish will count towards the team’s total weight. Do not bring more than six fish to the weigh-in.
15. Fishing will be allowed on both the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers (Pool 26) and any of their tributaries or backwaters that are legally accessible by boat.
16. Any fighting, public intoxication/disorderly conduct or illegal catching of fish during tournament hours will result in automatic disqualification. No refunds will be given.
17. Any team receiving prize money will be possibly subject to a polygraph and will be required to sign a sworn affidavit.
18. Tournament participation is at your own risk. The Grafton Chamber of Commerce, its agent co-signs and heirs assume no responsibility for accidents or boating violations.