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Hot Springs Sentinel Record 4/22/12 

Fish No. 22 worth $10K in challenge

Managing editor

    Set your sights on “Big Al,” old No. 22.
    No, it’s not a number in a horse race. It’s the number assigned to a tag that will be attached to a fish which, if caught in time, will bring some lucky angler $10,000.
    “Big Al” is the pet name Visit Hot Springs is giving the fish that will be tagged with No. 22, named after Al Capone, the notorious gangster who used to frequent the Spa City.
    The first $50,000 Hot Springs Fishing Challenge begins May 1 on lakes Hamilton and Catherine.
    A total of 53 fish of several species native to Arkansas will be tagged at the Andrew Hulsey Fish Hatchery beginning at 11 a.m. April 30, Visit Hot Springs said in a news release this week.
    Tag numbers were drawn at random this week and assigned a prize value.
    The angler who catches “Big Al” between 6 a.m. May 1 and 5 p.m. July 31, and meets all the contest rules, will receive the top prize of $10,000.
    Of the remaining fish, one will be tagged with a $5,000 prize number, one with a $2,500 prize number, 20 will be tagged with a $1,000 prize number, 20 with a $500 prize number, and 10 with a $500 prize number.
    Once tagged, the 53 fish will be released into lakes Hamilton and Lake Catherine at “unspecified locations.” There will be nine largemouth bass, nine bluegill, nine catfish, nine striped bass, nine crappie, and eight walleye tagged.
    The tags are imprinted with a phone number and a prize number. Anglers must call the number and present the fish with the tag attached to win a prize.
    The Hot Springs Fishing Challenge is open to anyone with a fishing pole and a valid Arkansas fishing license, according to Visit Hot Springs.
    “Anybody with a fishing pole can win, no matter what their age, skill level. It doesn’t matter if the fish is caught while fishing from a boat, from the bank or from a dock. Kids under 16 don’t have to have a valid Arkansas fishing license, but those age 16 and older need the valid license,” Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, said in a news release.
    Employees of the Hot Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission at the Andrew H. Hulsey Fish Hatchery, and their immediate family members, or those living in the same household of each, are ineligible to win a cash prize, according to the official rules.
    The rules say no cash prize will be awarded to any participant who presents a tagged fish that has been caught at a time other than during the official fishing period.
    All tagged fish must be caught in accordance with all state and local laws, codes, rules and regulations. No cash prizes will be awarded to any participant who does not comply with state and local laws, codes, rules and regulations.
    Anglers who catch a prize fish must grant Visit Hot Springs the rights to use their name, likeness, biographical information, and photographs, without compensation, in any and all media without limitation for advertising and promotional purposes, the rules say.
    Prize winners are solely responsible for all federal, state or local taxes associated with their prize.

Prize Distribution: The tagged fish will each be assigned a number. Prize monies will be divided as follows:


1 fish    $10,000

1 fish    $  5,000

1 fish    $  2,500

20 fish  $  1,000

20 fish  $     500

10 fish    $   250


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