Cash in on a Verde River lunker
Memorial Day Catfish contest this weekend
CAMP VERDE - After nearly 30 years trolling the depths of the Verde River, there are plenty of good fish stories from Camp Verde's Memorial Day Catfish Contest.
There is the 10-year-old boy who fell asleep only to wake to a lunker on his line. He and his brother spent the better part of an hour trying to bring it to land it, eventually wading into the river and lining it ashore. It won second place that year.
There are plenty of tales of 20-plus pound flatheads showing up at the weigh-in, from back when car dams and artificially dredged holes from the sand and gravel operations provided the ideal cover.
And then there is the story of the year it was won by a two-pounder.
It all began with an informal gathering of fishermen organized by Vince Van Horn, on the banks of the Verde River. Everyone threw in their money and the person with the heaviest stringer took home the cash.
In 1986, Adams Outdoor Sports went into business and began sponsoring the contest. In 1991, when the Ralstons purchased the store they took over. Today, the guys across the street from the former sporting goods store run the event.
This weekend American Legion Family Post 93 in Camp Verde will celebrate Memorial Day in Camp Verde as it host the 29th annual Memorial Day Catfish Tournament.
Entry fee for the two-day contest is $6. The contest is open to anyone.
Signup is at the Legion Post, 276 S. Third Street, between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday, May 29. Hotdogs and soft drinks will also be served between 10:30 to 12:30.
Weigh in is on Sunday, May 30, between 9 a.m. and noon.
Money will be paid to the person bringing in first, second and third heaviest fish.
"We are also going to be having a raffle for lots and lots of fishing gear, about a thousand dollars worth of stuff," says organizer Ken Karsky.
For additional information contact the post at 567-6154.