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MCLB-Albany to host fishing tournament

MCLB-ALBANY -- Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany is set to host its 22nd annual Buddy Fishing Tournament from 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. June 5 at the installation's Covella Pond.

The event is for children ages 15 and under. No license is required, and the children do all the fishing with an adult accompanying them. The participants may keep the fish they catch.

Officials on the base say they anticipate a good response.

"It's always been a wonderful event; it's always packed," said Colie Young, deputy public affairs officer at the base. "It's a great event.

"We are looking at this being the biggest event ever."

At present, there are 2,500 fish in the pond -- which are usually prepared for the tournament.

"The pond is stocked with fish, and they are starved for two weeks beforehand," Young explained. "You will catch a fish."

Trophies will be awarded to both boys and girls for biggest catfish and most catfish caught. Concessions will be provided by the Staff Noncommissioned Wives Club.

The tournament is free and open to the public. Those on the base can sign up ahead of time at MCLB-Albany's installation and environment office. Civilians wishing to participate need to be on the installation at 7 a.m. for registration.

The general public should be prepared to have documentation with them when they come to the main gate on Fleming Road, including photo identification, vehicle registration and proof

of insurance.