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Fishing for cause: Powder Puff Challenge this Saturday

Provided photo Pam Karttunen of the U.P. Sport Fisherman’s Association will be a part of this Saturday’s Powder Puff Challenge. The tourney will be based out of the Ontonagon Marina.

ONTONAGON — In an effort to get more women into fishing, the Upper Peninsula Sport Fisherman’s Association will be hosting a Powder Puff Challenge this Saturday.

The fishing tourney will run from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and be based out of the Ontonagon Marina.

“We’re giving away $200 to win the tourney,” said tournament organizer Larry Grieg.

Grieg is the special events coordinator for the U.P. Sport Fisherman’s Association. This is the organization behind the successful Kids Fishing Tourney that took place this summer at the Rockland Pond. The U.P. Sport Fisherman’s Association is also the volunteer based organization behind the Lake Trout Classic Fishing Tourney, a tournament that raised over $5,000 for the Ontonagon County Cancer Association.

“The Powder Puff Challenge will follow the Lake Trout Classic Rules,” he said. “We’re going to have a captain’s meeting and sign up at 6 a.m. on Saturday. That meeting will be at the Ontonagon Marina Pavilion.”

The pavilion was built years ago by the group. The organization raises money to help build fish habitat in the area, along with promoting the sport of fishing. All proceeds from the tourney goes to the organization.

The organization works with the Fisheries Division of the Ottawa National Forest, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community on a variety of projects to enhance fishing and promote the sport.

“One of our organization’s goals is to get more women into fishing. That is why we are running the Powder Puff Challenge,” said Grieg.

Entry fee for the tourney is $40 per boat. For more information, contact Grieg at 884-2770. To join the U.P. Sport Fisherman’s Association, contact Pam Karttunen at 884-4016.

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