Annual Lake Eucha fish-gigging tournament set for April 9-10
By Staff Reports
JAY, Okla. – The 38th annual Green Country Giggers Association fish-gigging tournament is set for April 9-10 at Gigging Flats on Lake Eucha.
Families attend the event to see two-person teams rush onto the lake in flat boats at 9 p.m. each night to gig fish. Nearly all of the gigging teams are made up of Cherokee men and women who live in the area.
The team that gigs the most fish or the largest fish in a two-hour time period win awards, money and bragging rights, said Nate Williams, a GCGA board member who helps coordinate the event.
The number of points earned by the giggers in the competition is based on the weight of the fish gigged and the species. Giggers are allowed to take only non-game fish, including carp and red horse, also known as suckers.
The giggers’ flat boats are equipped with halogen floodlights, a generator and a motor, and they use gigs with 14-foot wooden handles that are nearly the length of the boat.
On the water, a gigger, standing just behind the boat’s floodlights with his gig, shouts directions to his partner controlling the motor to steer the boat to where fish may be feeding or hiding. The giggers also poke logs and brush along the shoreline in an attempt to scare fish out into the open.
In 2009, about 3,000 people attended the event. For more information, call Nate Williams at (918) 253-2295.
A participant in the
annual Green Country Giggers Association fish-gigging tournament waits for his
fish to be weighed following a night of fishing. (Archive photo)