A fishing team led by a Gresham resident took third place during an Oregon Coast event dedicated to feeding the hungry.
Cory Logue, of Gresham, guided Dave Low, Ross Clemson and Steve Corliss in a successful run at the annual Oregon Tuna Classic Saturday, Aug. 24, in Garibaldi. The event brings 60 to 70 teams from across the Pacific Northwest, as well as Idaho and California, to see who can land the heaviest amount of tuna.
This was the second year Logue has participated in the charitable competition. He first decided to get involved because he had been fishing in the area for about a decade, and wanted to spend a fun day in service of others. Last year, in his inaugural effort, his team didn't catch a single tuna.
"It's still fun no matter how you do," he said.
This year there was more reason to celebrate. Logue's team caught 25 tuna during the day. They left at 6:30 a.m. and were back at the docks around 2:30 p.m.
"I was surprised by the size of the fish we caught," Logue said. "We ran out of bait and ice to store them."
The Gresham group placed on the podium thanks to the weight of their top five catches — which included a 23.8 pound tuna that was the largest of the entire event.
The Oregon Tuna Classic was put together as a way to support the Oregon Food Bank. Sponsorships, entry fees, barbecue, raffle and awards dinner all raise funds for the nonprofit organization, while the angling teams donate most of the fish they catch. This year, the event donated about 6,600 pounds to the Food Bank. In total, organizers estimate more than 1 million pounds of food have been given to the food bank since 2005.
"There are a lot of families that struggle to put food on the table, so it's nice to be able to support them," Logue said.
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