The first noodling tournament last year was such a success for the Shidler Volunteer Fire Department that they are sponsoring another one on June 22.
Shidler may be a small town in Osage County, the state’s largest county, but it knows how to have fun while benefitting a good cause, according to Todd Roe, Shidler Fire Department fire chief.
The Noodling Tournament features a first place prize of $1,000 and a largest catfish prize of $250. With these prizes, the Shidler Volunteer Fire Department, hopes for a huge turnout.
"The Shidler Fire Department is very excited to host the Noodling Tournament once again. Hopefully, it will be even more of a success than last year’s," Roe said.
Once again, the proceeds go to a worthy cause.
"Like last year, the money from the event will go towards the purchase of a new rescue truck which carries the Jaws of Life and equipment needed for auto accidents," Roe said.
Onlookers are sure to have fun watching the 7 p.m. weigh-in at Pioneer Cove Marina, Kaw Lake, as participants await the results. "The event weigh-in promises to be full of excitement for noodlers as well as onlookers," he said.
Rules include: Noodlers must obey all Oklahoma Wildlife regulations; 3 Flathead catfish per team limit; no addition or trade-out of fish after initial weigh-in; noodlers must fish in Oklahoma; fish must be caught within 24 hours; all fish must be alive at weight-in, and dead fish will not be accepted.
To obtain a registration form, call 918-691-4920 or find one in the Shidler Review on newsstands in Shidler, Kaw City, Pawhuska and Fairfax. Entry fee is $100 for a two-man team and $150 for a three-man team. Each team member must turn in a registration form by Monday, June 17.
A pulled pork dinner and T-shirts will be available for purchase at the 7 p.m. weigh-in.
For more information, call Fire Chief Roe at 918-691-4920.