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Georgia Bobberthon

March 5, 2012

Bobberthon is an exciting regional fishing tournament during which anglers can win prizes for catching tagged bream at specific state-managed public fishing areas.

This event is open to everyone (fishing licenses are required-purchase one here).  The 2012 event will take place beginning April 1, 2012 and run through October 1 2012.

There is no pre-registration needed.  Interested anglers can GO FISH at any of four local public fishing area lakes (Dodge CountyOcmulgee , Hugh Gillis and Flat Creek) and try to catch a tagged bream.

If an angler catches a tagged fish, they can visit the Go Fish Education Center in Perry, Ga to return the tag and claim a prize and receive one FREE admission to the Center.  All anglers catching a tagged fish will be eligible for one of four grand prizes at the end of Bobberthon.

There will NOT be a Grand Tournament this year (as there has for the past two Bobberthon events), but organizers may plan one for future years.

Who Organizes Bobberthon?

This event is a collaborative effort between five local communities (Bleckley, Houston, Dodge, Laurens and Pulaski), with additional support from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources/Wildlife Resources Division and Georgia Department of Economic Development and the generous help of State Representative Jimmy Pruett.

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  1. Damon Dalton permalink
    July 20, 2010 2:19 am

    I fished Ocmulgee PFA on Sunday.When entering the lake area I saw and read the Bobberthon Flyer . It doesnt say any thing about regestering for the tourment on the flyer Why?
    The reason I am asking is I caught one of your taged fish. But now after reading the rules on the internet. I had to regester one day before the fish was caught to be able to claim a prize.
    So I was hoping that if I turned in the tag. The prize that went with the tag Number XXX might be donated to a chartible cause or something usefull since the prize will not be avabale to any one to win.
    I will go and regester and try again. This is a great thing you have going on I dont want you to think I am critizeing because Im not.By the way Great Pond.
    Please let me know.
    Thanks again ,
    Damon Dalton

    • July 26, 2010 8:16 pm

      Damon – thanks for your comments. This is our first Bobberthon so we are collecting comments and seeing how we can do better next time. We are very excited to hear that you caught a tagged fish! Please go ahead and register for the event AND register your tag # (of the fish you caught) at the same time (take the tag with you as you will need to leave it with the vendor). We will still consider you eligible for prizes. The goal is to have people register ahead of time, however, I think we understand that word is just getting out about the event and we will need to make some exceptions. Note: return tag forms are being shipped to participating vendors today – so if they don’t have them in yet, they should soon. Call me if you have any questions (770.918.6795-Melissa Cummings/GA DNR-Wildlife Resources Division).

  2. Eric Gutmann permalink
    July 30, 2010 8:17 pm

    Are you looking to do something like this north of Atlanta. I think that this is something my kids would love to participate in. We are up in the woodstock area and love to fish the lakes up here.

    • August 4, 2010 4:27 pm

      Thank you for your comment. As far as expanding the contest to other areas of Georgia will depend on a few things:

      -The success of the current event-i.e. did it attract a lot of anglers, did it successfully get people into vendors, etc.

      -The Georgia Department of Economic Development graciously supported this effort with some grant money – so we would have to see if they would be interested in doing this again next year AND if so, would they want to remain in the same area or go to a new area or support more than one event.

      -Community involvement-this event took leaders in each county to recruit vendors to use as registration locations, secure prizes and conduct marketing and advertising of the event in their local community. Would other areas be as willing to participate on the necessary level.

      So, as you can see, the questions of expansion is hard to answer right now – but it is great to know there is some angler support out there if we do!

  3. Lisa Albritton permalink
    August 19, 2010 5:18 pm

    WOW!! I just found out about this today. My sons would love to do this as well as me and their Daddy. But we live in Schley County. If anything is or can be planned in our area please email me. Also if it wouldnt effect my childrens partcipation I would love to help anyway I can!

    • August 20, 2010 2:37 pm

      Lisa – thanks for your email. Schley is not too far to come participate – you don’t have to be from the county/community in order to participate. Come on over, register at one of the local vendors and get to fishing! We would love to have you. As far as helping, you can spread the word to friends/family about participating. We just have a few short weeks to go for people to catch a tagged fish, and we would love to have as many people participate as possible. Thanks so much – and happy fishing to you and your family.

  4. Michael Fearing permalink
    August 23, 2010 1:06 pm

    I love the bobberthon. Not because I caught a tagged fish, but because for the first time after 23-years of marriage my wife is telling me to go fishing.

    One note, the vendor I registered through didn’t know anything about keeping the tag. I still have it at home because all they wanted was the number from the tag. They wrote the number on the back of my registration form and didn’t give me anything to prove I turned one in. I read in the FAQ they were suppose to give my a blue form – so I went back and asked. They didn’t know anything about a blue form – all they had was the white registration forms.

    • August 24, 2010 4:16 pm

      Loving that you are being told to go fishing – that is great – maybe you can take someone with you too!

      Sorry the vendor was confused on your tag. You are right, you should have a blue form as your “return tag” form – do you still have a copy of your original (white) registration form? If so, I can issue you a blue form from here if you can send the tag to me. Also, can you tell me who the vendor was so I can have a local rep go by and talk to them to make sure they have everything they need so that it does not happen again. This is all a little new for many of the vendors – and with this being the first year, we are all on a learning curve! Reply to me at – thanks!

  5. Kim Hall permalink
    September 13, 2010 1:19 am

    My daughter and I love the bobberthon! She has always loved fishing since I can remember and now I love it too. In fact my son and husband and two of our children’s friends registered and fished several times too but only we were able to bag the tagged fish. We always fish Ocmulgee, sometimes as many as 2 times a week and decided to go out to Dodge on Friday morning to check it out before the big day. We were skunked big time. We didn’t even get a hit! We tried several places, the dock, the bank up and down and nothing, nada, zip. I hope the fish come out at Dodge on the 25th like they always do at Ocmulgee::) My daughter who is 11, is really looking forward to the event. Thanks so much. Kim H.

  6. T. Puckett permalink
    September 22, 2010 1:32 am

    I just started fishing at the 2 local PFA ponds, Dodge and Bleckley/Pulaski. I was not aware that I needed to register for the Bobberthon. As of this week, I caught a tagged fish. Is it too late to register and if not, where can I register at? My wife and I both recently retired and recently fished at the Bleckley/Pulaski pond this week. It’s a beautiful area with convenient parking as well as adequate shade trees for fishing and relaxing. We were really impressed with this fishing area.

    • December 2, 2010 5:00 pm

      Mr. Puckett – so sorry for such a late reply! The registration period for the Bobberthon was over as of 9/11/10 and our tournament was on 9/25. But don’t despair! We are working on information to present to Dept of Economic Development in the hopes of getting another grant to support a similar event in 2011. So glad you enjoy the fishing areas – they are meant for Georgia citizens, so it is great to hear that you are having a great time on the water.

  7. March 10, 2011 3:23 pm

    Just wanted to make sure I got updates for the site. We at GKF are looking forward to fishing with our kids! Can’t wait!

    • March 17, 2011 3:14 pm

      Hey there! Yes, we are prepping the site now for this event in 2011! Will be adding final edits to the site in the next week and officially launching before the end of the month. We are very excited to and hope you get lots of chances to go fish!! Thanks for your support of this event as well!

  8. April 1, 2011 4:24 pm

    Great event! Georgia Kayak Fishing is very proud to be associated with the Bobberthon.

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