Rotary Club Bass Tournament set to return

Published 10:00 am Wednesday, April 10, 2024

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It’s about time to head back to the water. The Rotary Club of Farmville will host its second annual Fishin’ Frenzy charity bass tournament from May 4 to May 18 of this year. And no, that’s not a misprint. The tournament will run two weeks, with competitors able to fish in any publicly accessible water in the state. They can fish from motorized boats, paddlecraft, from the bank or a dock as part of a catch, take a photo and release event using the iAngler app. 

“The competitors fished hard last year and said they wanted more time to do so, leading us to extend the tournament by a week,” said Rotarian John Miller, co-director of the Fishin’ Frenzy. 

“The extra time also gives people more chances to fish on the weekend and the evenings. 

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Opening it up to statewide waters also gives anglers a chance to fish new spots.” 

Last year’s tournament was won by Buckingham County native Bill Perutelli. He caught five bass measuring 101 ½ inches in length, including a 23-inch fish. Less than three inches separated first from third place. 

Under the rules, the biggest five-fish stringer by length wins $300. The second biggest wins $200 and the third gets $100. The biggest overall fish by length wins $100. Now there is a cost of $50 to enter, with all proceeds funneled back into the community through local non-profit organizations that the Rotary Club supports. 

For complete rules and to register, visit For more information, contact Miller at 757/407-9541 or or Ashton Bozo at 434-480-1393 or 


Founded in 1938, the Rotary Club of Farmville is a service organization that raises money through events like the Fishin’ Frenzy to donate to nonprofits that serve the local community. 

Recent recipients of Rotary support include Better Days Farmville, Heart of Virginia Free Clinic, FACES food pantry, Piedmont Habitat for Humanity, Hope Clothes Closet, Waterworks Theater and Friends of the Barbara Rose Johns Farmville-Prince Edward Community Library.