Some members of the Yuma Bass Man - forums were crying and carrying on about people who trash our outdoors. One member who goes by the name Joe Cool said if I would organize a trash pickup tournament he would put up $100 for first place. He even sent me an MO before we had finalized to do it. The Security Consultant (my company) put up another $100 and a friend of mine Gary Summer, put up $50 more.
We picked a section of the Colorado River here by Yuma, Az and announced we were going to have a tournament.
Entry Fee - 1 large bag of trash or equivalent picked up along the river.
3 fish limit. Best Bag $100
Big Bass. $75
Most Trash Picked up $75
The boat in the picture is my backup and shallow water boat affectionately dubbed "The Tin Can." Joey, aka WABassFisher is the guy in the boat holding up our two biggest bass for the day. There were about 20 people came out to help pickup trash, and 8 boats on the river. We didn't do anything to promote it or publicize it. It just sort of happened.
Bill aka sarcdoc brought hotdogs and a grill and Scott from Coca Cola brought sodas and water so we could have a hot lunch and beverages afterwards.
1st place for most trash picked up went to Alvin Hattons two girls. None of that crew fished, but several anglers commented on seeing those two girls scrambling over the rocks and through the brush picking up every bit of trash in the area they chose to police. Joey and I won the fishing and big fish, but only because another angler had a technical difficulty.
Arizona Game & Fish were proactive about supporting us, and we didn't even ask. Pat Barber the local region supervisor contacted me saying they wanted to support us, and Mike Sumner (a local enforcement officer) made sure the local county waste transfer site was prepared for anything we brought in and didn't charge us for tire disposal fees and stuff like that. He was also there to help load the last bit of trash from the boats to the trucks.
I have not decided if I want to do it again. It was a lot of work and planning, but like our forum fun tournament in the spring it will really depend on if enough people want to do it. I suppose since the first one went well we are kind of obligated to try and expand it if we do it again next fall.