Weekend fishing tourney to benefit local youth sportsPublished 8:18pm Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Alexander City Sports Foundation is hoping to see a fury of boats on Lake Martin this weekend.
The organization is hosting its first bass tournament fundraiser Saturday at Wind Creek State Park.
Brett Pritchard, ACSF vice president, said that organization is hoping to make the event an annual fundraising effort.
“It is a great time to fish on Lake Martin this time of year,” Pritchard said. “We thought this would be a great opportunity to raise some additional funds for the foundation to help all sports teams in our area.”
Pritchard said there is no pre-registration for the event, and anglers can register starting at 4 a.m. Saturday. Local angler and owner of Fish Tales B.J. Barnett will serve as the tournament’s weigh master.
“Registration is $100 per boat, and this will be a partner tournament,” Pritchard said. “There will also be an optional big fish pot on the side for $10.”
Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers. First place will receive $1,500, second place will be awarded $400 and third place will walk away with $200.
“We are hoping for as many fisherman as we can get,” Pritchard said. “All proceeds go to the sports foundation. We have been able to give money to a lot of youth sports programs, including middle school and high school sports as well.”
Pritchard added that 100 percent of funds raise go back into the community, as the foundation is led exclusively by volunteers.
Boats will launch at safe daylight, and weigh in will begin at 3 p.m.
“The weather is looking great, and we expect a lot of good fish to be caught,” Pritchard said.