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Fishing to End Hunger brings in thousands of meals, hundreds of boats

Boats depart from the docks at the sixth annual WalleyeDan Fishing to End Hunger Tournament Oct. 6 at Bar Harbor.1 / 4
Anglers weigh their catch at the sixth annual WalleyeDan Fishing to End Hunger Tournament Oct. 6 at Bar Harbor.2 / 4
Walleye Dan Eigen speaks at the sixth annual WalleyeDan Fishing to End Hunger Tournament Oct. 6 at Bar Harbor.3 / 4
Enthusiasm was abundant at the sixth annual WalleyeDan Fishing to End Hunger Tournament Oct. 6 at Bar Harbor.4 / 4

The sixth annual WalleyeDan Fishing to End Hunger Tournament was a success both in attracting anglers and in raising funds for Kids Against Hunger.

On Oct. 6, the day of the event 109 boats were registered for the event at Bar Harbor on Gull Lake.

The event is popular among anglers who like to compete and contribute to charity at the same time.

"I look forward to this tournament every year," angler Travis Sorokie wrote on Facebook. "Not only do you have an opportunity to earn some prize money as an angler, we raise money for those in need, that money is turned into nutritional meals and then distributed locally, regionally and nationwide."

During the event, Sorokie said fish weren't very active, which made it difficult to place in the contest.

"Fishing for us was a little tough compared to years past," Sorokie wrote. "We were never really able to put together a big fish program consistently. We caught our fish on a combination of redtails and #7 Rapala Jiggin Raps."

Sorokie's boat entered four fish, taking 37th place of the 109 teams. He laughed the next day when he and another angler landed some much bigger fish.

"Where was that bite Saturday?" Sorokie asked.

Sorokie finished second place in the fundraiser with just over $2,700 in funds (approximately 18,000 meals).

Donations can still be made to fishingtoendhunger.com until Oct. 15.

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