Logistics Base-Albany will open its gates to the community for its annual Buddy Fishing Tournament on June 3.
The tournament, scheduled from 8 a.m.-10 a.m, is free and open to the public for children under the age of 16 who are accompanied by an adult.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. the day of the event. Fishing licenses are not required, and children may keep all the fish they catch, but they must do all the fishing. Attendees must bring their own tackle and bait, base officials said.
Following the event, trophies are awarded to both boys and girls for the biggest fish caught and for catching the most fish.
Last year, more than 100 adults and 115 children turned out for the event, which has been held at the base for nearly 30 years. Fishing takes place at MCLB-Albany’s Covella Pond, which is stocked with channel catfish and hybrid striped bass ahead of the event to ensure children can be successful in catching a fish.
All guests are encouraged to arrive early for proper processing and are reminded not to bring weapons of any kind, drugs or alcohol. All coolers and tackle boxes will be subject to search.
Due to increased force protection conditions in place, all adult visitors without normal base access will be required to provide identification at the main gate. Proper identification for motorists will include a valid driver’s license, registration and insurance.
The base’s natural resources manager, Julie Robbins, can be contacted for more information by calling (229) 639-9946 or by email at email@example.com.