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Aurora has role  in fishing tourney

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What: Paddle and Trail to host River Bassin Tournament

When: Dawn until 4:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Rivers and streams throughout central and northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Find a map at

Learn more: for registration, rules and information

Updated: August 28, 2012 6:10AM

A fishing tournament involving anglers from across Northern Illinois will wrap up on Saturday with ceremonies in Aurora.

Paddle and Trail, an outdoor outfitter and retailer with outlets in Aurora and other towns in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, will offer its annual “River Bassin Tournament” Saturday, with the closing ceremonies being hosted at its Aurora store.

Kenny Abbott, a spokesman for Paddle and Trail, said the company has been a previous sponsor of the tournament.

“The Illinois tour committee chose Paddle and Trail to help promote and operate the event with them,” Abbott said. “Since the Paddle and Trail of Aurora location is more centrally located and sits only a few hundred yards from the Fox River, it was the perfect location to host the event meetings and closing ceremonies.”

The River Bassin Tournament will include a conservation-oriented approach that includes only paddle-powered or shoreline fishing, along with a “catch-measure-photo-release” format that promotes sustainability. Abbott said there is a definite effort being made to keep waterways stocked with fish.

“The catch-and-release method of fishing helps keep the rivers populated with fish, and continues to feed the natural ecosystem of the rivers,” he said. “For a tournament to adopt this catch-measure-photo-release is a great new way of hosting tournaments, maintaining accountability for the sport and maintaining the natural ecosystem of the river.”

Organizers said that anglers may fish in rivers or streams in a large region of Northern Illinois beginning at dawn the day of the tournament, and take a photo of their catch on a standard measuring board given to all anglers. Fish are to be released afterward. By 4:30 p.m. Saturday, contestants must report to Paddle and Trail of Aurora, at 107 Spruce St. on the near West Side, to fill out their scorecard and turn in the memory card from their camera. Food will provided and the results ceremony will begin at 6 p.m.

A number of Aurora retailers and restaurants are supporting the event, including Comfort Suites, which is donating a room for future visits; Paul & Bill’s Mobil, a gas card for the longest commute; the Sierra Club, fishing rod/reel combinations; and Lampheres, the loan of a 50-inch flat screen for viewing the tournament. Jackson Kayaks has donated the $1,100 Jackson Coosa Kayak to be given away to the winner of the individual division, and several fishing pros will be on-hand at the Paddle and Trail store throughout the day.

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