United Way’s Fish the Chick Tourney this Wkd

Jenny Nevans, Shannan Swafford
Lady Angler Shannan Swafford holds up her 3.23 pound bass which won her a complete spa package. Shannan is surrounded by Fish the Chick organizers Jenny Nevans (left) and Stacey Swafford (right). (photo: Rhea Review / Elmer Harris)

3rd Annual Fish the Chick Tournament continues to help women live “Healthier, Happier, and Stronger”

For what has become one of the largest local bass tournaments on the Fish Dayton schedule, anglers are lining up to take their shot at the $1,000 grand prize.  Event organizers at the United Way of Rhea County are working hard to ensure this event is the best yet.  Proceeds from the tournament are devoted to helping women in Rhea County lead “Healthier, Happier, and Stronger” lives.

Kevin Burnette and Chad Reel
Kevin Burnette and Chad Reel, winners of the 2014 Fish the Chick Tourney. (photo: Rhea Review / Elmer Harris)

Last year’s winners, Kevin Burnette and Chad Reel hauled in over 13 pounds to take the grand prize check of $1,000.  It can be your name on the check this Saturday, September 5.  

Click here to register online or register in person Friday evening or Saturday morning at the Dayton Boat Dock & Grill.  Registration fees are $50/boat with an optional $10 for big bass pool (100% payout for big bass).

Jenny Nevans, Fish the Chick organizer (photo submitted)

The event will begin at safe light Saturday morning (estimated ~6:45 a.m.) with weigh-in at 3 p.m with a three fish limit.

Lady angler and tournament organizer, Jenny Nevans, says “it’s gonna take that big bite to win”.  She says she would fish a frog, but others may find success punching the grass with a one ounce jig or large spinner bait just outside the grass.

If you aren’t fishing the event, be sure to come out and support the cause.  There will loads of fun and raffles throughout the day.

Fish the Chick helps women live “Healthier, Happier, and Stronger”

Money raised from previous Fish the Chick tournaments have paid dividends for women in Rhea County.  As 100% of proceeds are dedicated to helping women lead “Healthier, Happier, and Stronger” lives, United Way of Rhea County Executive Director Christine Ralph has seen these funds make a difference.

Over a dozen Walmart FLW Tour pros volunteered to build a much needed wheelchair ramp during their visit in June, but materials were purchased from proceeds of the Fish the Chick Tournament.  Ralph said, “Without money raised from previous Fish the Chick tournaments, the funds would not have been there to help.”

Walmart FLW Tour angler outreach used Fish the Chick funds to construct a much needed wheelchair ramp. (photo submitted)
Walmart FLW Tour angler outreach used Fish the Chick funds to construct a much needed wheelchair ramp. (photo submitted)

Sponsors of this year’s event include Eagle Exxon, Platinum Spa (exclusive spa packages for top men and women teams), Alien Fishing Apparel, Gary Yamamoto Baits, Diane Tumlin of Coldwell Banker Pryor Realty, River Valley AgCredit, and Southeast Bank & Trust to name a few.

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