Anglers hope to hook top prizes

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A chance to fish with a Professional Anglers Association tour-level pro or a once-in-a-lifetime fishing getaway to a remote lodge are prizes at stake in the second annual 24-Hour Fish-A-Thon slated for Sept. 10-11.

Organized by Recycled Fish and sponsored by BoatUS Angler , the tournament will raise funds to help support responsible fishing and improve fish habitat. Anglers have until Aug.10 to register their team. So far, more than two-dozen teams have signed up.

Open to freshwater anglers in all 50 states, you can begin by becoming a Fish-A-Thon Ambassador at www.recycledfish.org/fishathon, and sign up your team of two to four anglers. Each team commits to fish their selected body of water for 24 hours and secures pledges from family, friends or co-workers for each hour they fish, which typically range from $10 to $75 an hour.

Lines are cast at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 until 6 p.m. Sept. 11. During the event, anglers are also encouraged to pick up any trash and use tackle that is easier on the environment, such as lead-free weights or biodegradable baits and lures, and practice responsible catch-and-release tactics. Participating anglers take photos of their fish and self-score their catch at the online Angling Masters Fish Calculator, then submit their score to the Fish-A-Thon administrator.