FLINT (WJRT) -
(06/06/14) - Flint's downtown development authority is casting a line on a new summertime event.
"We've got Back to the Bricks, Bikes on the Bricks and now it's Fish the Bricks," said Gerard Burnash, Flint DDA director.
The first-ever Fish the Bricks Tournament takes place Saturday morning in Riverbank Park, with more than $1,500 worth of prizes up for grabs.
"It's all fishing gear. We've got tackle, bait, fishing rods and reels, gift cards, all around fishing," Burnash said.
Fish the Bricks will bring attention to some major plans for the riverwalk and Riverbank Park. This fall, renovations will begin, including construction of a boat landing.
"With the process of the Hamilton Dam being replaced and going to the rock rapids, we're going to have kayaks and canoes coming down the river and we want to make this a destination. You'll stop off, grab a bite, grab a drink and move on down the river," Burnash said.
Brent Nickola says over the last year, he's seen more and more people down on the riverwalk, with pole in hand.
"I work in the North Bank Center and I'm constantly looking out my eleventh story window and seeing fishing people out here all the time," he said.
He also says there's plenty of fish in this portion of the river.
"You'll find small-mouthed bass, you'll find walleye. The big fish you'll find being pulled out of here are the carp. You'll see some 20 pound carp come out of here at the tournament," he said.
It's not just seasoned fisherman being encouraged to turn out Saturday morning - rookies are welcome as well.
"Absolutely, it's fun watching people learn how to fish. Getting the line caught up and all that. It's just a fun experience and family-friendly," Burnash said.
Fish on the Bricks gets underway at a.m. Saturday in downtown Flint.