BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - It was a windy day on the water at Iseview Park in Tonawanda today, but inside the water, the fish bite was on.
Organizer of the event Scott Gauld says, "My Military Angler did very, very well. I would be envious of any fish he has in my live well right now."
A group of military anglers hit the water today with Western New York Bassmasters. Anglers from Western New York Bassmasters, usually fish competitively; instead, they decided to give back to the Military Veterans and took them out for some friendly fun competition at the Military Bass Tournament Sunday afternoon.
Gauld says, "If we can give them a day of fishing on the water and let them catch some fish and everything like that. These guys have served overseas and some have deployments coming up in the next year, we wanted to give back to them."
Catching fish wasn't even the best part for these guys, it was just being able to relax with each other in a much less stressful environment.
Brent Peterson from the 107th Airlift Wing says, "Getting together with these guys is really good. because we get to intermingle with the anglers who do it all the time. then you get to go out with your partners, your soldiers, and you get to get together and relax and think about being home instead of abroad."
The Anglers each kept three fish and weighed the total of those three; 10 point 59 pounds was the winning catch.
As for the guys who put on the tournament each year, they say it feels good to support the troops.
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