Cedar Rapids is Hooked on Fish-O-Rama

By Forrest Saunders, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – This weekend lunkers were lurking in Robbins Lake, and anglers were there to grab them, hook, line and sinker. Sunday was the last day for Fish-O-Rama. It's an annual, two-day tradition in the Cedar Rapids area that raises money for the local Boys and Girls Clubs.

For an 11th year, fishermen tried their luck at the game of sorts. Here's how it works. Officials said about 1,500 pounds of fish were put in the lake, with 800 of those fish being tagged. Fishermen who snagged one of those tags won anything from camping equipment to a brand new truck.

To play, you had to pay for a wristband. The proceeds then went help the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids pay for their day to day costs.

"Just the general operation of the Boys and Girls Club-- making sure we can pay salaries to the staff that provides those great programs for our kids," said John Tursi, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids.

Tursi said they were looking for at least 1,200 anglers to turn out to this year's event. Instead, they got a "reel" big catch, an estimated 1,400.
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