McNider fishing tournament set for Saturday at MarinaPublished 10:06pm Friday, May 16, 2014
The McNider Marine Iron Man Tournament Trail will make a stop at the Selma City Marina Saturday.
The trail is made up of six tournaments that take place from February through June, but this will be the first time it has held a tournament in Selma.
The other tournaments on this season’s trail are being held at Roland Cooper State Park and the Demopolis City Landing.
“The guys want to try Selma and Selma wanted us to come too,” tournament organizer Bruce McNider said. “We haven’t got a lot of support out of [some] of the other places. Selma seemed like they wanted to be involved and help us grow.”
Around 100 boaters will chase after a mess of fish and a $6,000 first place prize. Money bonuses are also available through companies that sponsor the trail. There will be a $1,000 prize awarded to the angler who catches the day’s biggest fish, so there are plenty of prizes for the field to chase after.
The tournament is scheduled to start at first daylight, and the weigh-in is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
Elton Reece, director of the Selma Parks & Recreation Department, said all of the extra foot traffic the tournament will bring is a good thing for the city.
“We had boats get here Monday and Tuesday and over the weekend pre-fishing, since the water went down and got right,” Reece said. “Those boaters come in during the week prior to that come in and pre-fish and they buy gas and eat and sometimes spend the night.”
Each boat is allowed to have two anglers, as fisherman compete in pairs. There is a limit of five fish per boat.