Bass tourney still taking applications

Published 12:21 am Friday, May 22, 2009

Bass anglers who want to cash in on a stringer of big bass still have time to enter Saturday’s inaugural Buddy Bass Tournament at the Selma City Marina.

The event is a benefit for Alabama Teen Challenge Inc., a 12-month faith-based residential program for anyone dealing with drug and alcohol addiction.

“We’ll be taking entries up until Saturday’s blastoff,” said Eric Jones, one of the tournament’s organizers. “We’ve got 21 entries so far, but I think a lot of people are looking closely at the weather situation.”

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Jones said he doesn’t expect any dangerous situations.

“I don’t think it’s going to be too bad; scattered showers are predicted,” he said. “I think this will separate the fishermen from the real fishermen.”

The tournament will begin at safe light Saturday and end at 3 p.m. Flights will be based on the number of entries, and each flight will leave in 15-minute intervals.

The entry fee is $100 per boat, which can carry no more than two fishermen. An optional $10 big fish fee is available. First place is $1,000.

The pre-tournament safety meeting will be from 6-8 p.m. today at CrossPoint Church Fellowship Hall, 1710 W. Dallas Ave. The rules will be reviewed, door prizes will be awarded and meals will be provided for anglers and their families. At least one member of each team is expected at the meeting.

The presentation of awards also will be held at the CrossPoint Church main sanctuary after the Saturday weigh-in. At least one team member must attend the award ceremony.

For more information about the tournament, contact Jones at (334) 410-0700 or Alan Baggett at (334) 872-0133.