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2nd annual

Autism Carp Tournament

This year in Indiana we are having our 2nd annual "Hooked on autism carp tournament" to help spread the word on autisum.

The tournament will be on August 8th, from 8:00am to 4:00pm. This will be held at Lake Monroe in the Fairfax Area in Bloomington, Indiana. All proceeds will go to the awareness of autism. Anglers entry fees, raffles, food, event T-shirts all will be apart of the money raised for the cause. We will be awarding prizes for biggest carp, smallest carp, biggest mirror and top three total weights.


Any and all donated items will go for this. Hat's, pin's, patches, clothing, tackle, gift cards...no item or items are to small and everything is greatly appreciated! After all the categories have been awarded the left over donations will go to raffles.

Thanks once again for your on going support

Rick Slinker


Denice Hall


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Event T-shirts will be available once again. The logo on the flyer will be the t-shirt design. Printed on a yellow shirt so the carp and yellow puzzle pieces will be the shirt color.

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Sponsors so far....

•Westside Bait-n-Tackle

•World Classic Baits

•Jug Buster flavors

•Carpoholic anonymous magazine

•Brian Wingard

•Lee Young

•Scott Ferguson

•Gilbert Huxley Rods

•Wild carp companies

•Fish Fighters

•Marukyu Baits

•Bradley carp baits

•Billy DeHaven Indy Lakes

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Just a note that the venue has changed for this worthy cause to the Hurshtown Reservoir near Fort Wayne, IN. There is still time to attend as it takes place tomorrow, August 8.

This is more a fund raiser than a high-stakes contest, but it is for a great cause and should be a highly enjoyable tournament. Thanks and accolades to Rick Slinker and Denise Hall for organizing an event that benefits Autism research and treatment. Room is still available! Over 40 anglers have already committed to attend. I'll be there. Will you? - F. Rink

More details from Rick and Denise follow:

“Hooked on Autism Carp Tournament/Benefit”
Hurshtown Reservoir, Fort Wayne, IN
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Registration will be 7:30 to 8 a.m. Note that there is a $5 gate charge to get into the grounds. The Tournament will begin at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. with awards and raffles immediately following. There will be no monetary prizes, but winners will receive trophies and choice of some donated bait and tackle prizes. Proceeds from entry fees and raffle tickets will be donated to autism awareness efforts.

We will be selling t-shirts and extra raffle tickets throughout the day. One raffle ticket is given to participants with their $25 entry fee/donation. Lunch will be delivered to all anglers.

For more information or questions please feel free to call or text Rick Slinker at 317-703-0802.




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Autism awareness is a great cause, and the charity made my 1:30 a.m. wake-up, four-hour, one-way drive, and single, 2-pound fish well worth it. It was a a tough day at Hurshtown as far as a decent bite was concerned. The big fish of the day was a meager 5 pounds (most were 1-2 pounds), and I think I heard Rick Slinker say that, of the 21 anglers present, about 8 actually caught fish.

No complaints, though! The day had more focus on autism awareness fund-raising than actual competition. There were no monetary awards, as the $25 entry fees went to the autism awareness charity. Winners, though, received trophies and had first pick of prizes donated by some generous sponsors. A nice selection of remaining prizes were raffled to, again, help the autism awareness fund-raising.

Paul Scott, Gilbert Huxley, and Steve Miller made the most of their pegs that contained some vegetation and did well by placing 1, 2, 3 in the event. Of the 40 or so fish caught by all anglers in the competition, they probably caught over 30 carp weighing about 70 pounds. Rob Shiflet had the 5-2 big fish and Steve Miller captured the 13 oz. small carp. Michael Alloway was also recognized for capturing a nice mirror on a 12' zig rig! Congratulations to all the winners!

The big winner was autism awareness/research. Rick and Denise reported that they easily exceeded last year's fund-raising totals. Congrats and thanks to Rick Slinker and Denise Hall, volunteers, sponsors, and the 21 participants for a well organized, worthwhile event! --Frank Rink

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