BELPRE, Oh.-(WTAP) The Ohio River Challenge wrapped up Sunday, with the big winner earning $15,000.
The competition started out with nearly 200 fishermen vying for the big prize. The two-day event wrapped up at Matheny Motors in downtown Parkersburg.
That's where the remaining finalists brought back their boats and went to get their catch weighed.
"Cabelas donated fishing poles for some children, so we've got 25 fishing poles we're going to give out for the kids. We've got a DJ up here. We have lots of dancing and fun activities going on this afternoon. It's been a great thing. A lot of revenue has been brought in to the community with all the fishermen. It's been great,' said Jeff Pauley, branch manager at BDI, one of the sponsors.
Organizers say the contest brings thousands of dollars of business into the area.
When summer fades into fall, expect a whole lot of fishing along the Ohio River, both for fun and competition.
Belpre and Parkersburg will be locations for the Ohio River Challenge bass fishing tournament next month.
Close to 200 anglers are set to take part in the two-day tournament, with prizes of up to $15,000.
"There are going to be a lot of outside participants, from as far away as Columbus, Zanesville, Clarksburg, Morgantown, Charleston, Wheeling," says Joe Mitchem, tournament director. "There's a few pros who are going to be here to fish professionally. So we have quite a good group."
The tournament is set for September 17th and 18th.
On the first day, it will be located at the Belpre Marina boat dock, then move to Parkersburg on Sunday for the second day.