The Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce the Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail will stop in Erie September 8-12, 2015 for the Eastern Region District 5 Championship. The tournament will be held at the West Pier of Presque Isle State Park.
The tournament is expected to draw 100 anglers and their families to Erie for five days or more. The anglers will fish in two-man teams competing for the heaviest bass haul over a two-day span. Anglers will be given the opportunity to practice for three days prior to the two-day competition, held September 11 and 12.
Fishers of Men is one of the largest non-profit fishing tournament organizations in the country, running more than 300 tournament events across the country each year.
The tournament last stopped in Erie in September 2012.
The field of competitors will be made up of anglers who will have earned a spot by competing in divisional events held in the spring and summer of 2015 in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio. Only those anglers who accumulate the highest point totals in the divisional events will receive an invitation to compete at the District 5 Championship in Erie.
“Erie is known for being an exceptional fishing community, which we saw first-hand while here in 2012,” said Bobby Eads, Senior Vice President of Fishers of Men. “Having worked with the Erie Sports Commission in its infancy, I’m thrilled to come back and work with them again, and would welcome the community to join us for a series of events while we’re in town.”
“To host a Fishers of Men championship tournament for a second time is an honor, to say the least,” said Ron Sertz, Executive Director of the Erie Sports Commission. “Competitors and spectators alike can expect a professionally-run, highly competitive bass fishing tournament that will be exciting for all those involved.”
For more information, visit www.fomntt.com.
The Erie Sports Commission is committed to promoting the Erie region as a prime destination for sports and recreation. The major goals of the ESC are to attract, create, support, and host sporting and recreational events that have a positive economic impact on the region, and assist in maximizing the potential of all regional sports facilities and venues. The ESC strives to enhance the image of Erie by showcasing the community, promote wellness through healthy lifestyles, and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages.