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Fish-A-Thon to Raise Money for Recycled Fish

Anglers will cast their lines into waterways across the United States Friday night (9/10), and won’t stop fishing until 24 hours later. They’re taking part in a Fish-A-Thon to raise money for Recycled Fish. One team will participate on the North Fork of the White River. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more…

Kyle Kosovich loves to fish. The Missouri State University graduate student also loves the North Fork of the White River—he grew up near there. So, when he heard about a 24-hour Fish-A-Thon, hosted by the non-profit organization Recycled Fish, he knew he had to take part.Friday night, Kosovich and friends Aaron Scott and Brian Wise—a.k.a. Team Longboat—will cast their lines into the waters of the North Fork, and they won’t stop fishing until 5:59 the next night. According to Kosovich, they’ll be just one of many teams around the country participating in the Fish-A-Thon, which will raise money for Recycled Fish, an organization of anglers living a lifestyle of stewardship both on and off the water...

"They're basically, in a nutshell, taking all the conservation practices that you hear about everyday and some others that pertain just to fishing and targeting anglers in particular for these conservation practices. That can go from having rain barrels outside your house to low-flow faucets and showerheads to using barbless hooks for fishermen."

During the Fish-A-Thon, Kosovich and his friends will use barbless hooks and lead-free weights, which are easier on the environment…

"Fishermen out there kind of wonder about barbless thinking that their fish are going to get away, but a barbless hook is actually sharper than a barbed hook. With a barb it's a larger diameter hook, and with a barbless hook, that barb is smashed down so it'll hold the fish better, actually, and then also it saves time in releasing the fish and keeping it in the water as long as possible just to admire it and look at the beauty of the fish that we're after and let it go, maybe get a snapshot."

They’ll also practice good catch and release tactics, and they’ll pick up trash along the way. Team Longboat is named for the boat the team will be using, which was built by Kosovich…

"It's an original White River johnboat. The design if from the 1920s. Jim Owens and Charlie Barnes down in Galena and Branson area had Owens Boat Line, and they used this design of boat. It was really the original boat that floated the Ozarks streams, and we'll be bringing that back, trying to raise awareness of the heritage, too, of the Ozarks is very important to a lot of people."

Kosovich says they hope to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining and improving water quality on the North Fork and other Ozarks streams. He says, if a river becomes polluted, overfished and overdeveloped and the reasons we enjoy the river are lost, we lose the culture and the history surrounding it as well.To make a donation to Team Longboat for the Fish-A-Thon, visit TeamLongboat.com.