Selma Area Food Bank to hold fishing tournament

Published 10:11 pm Friday, March 10, 2017

The Selma Area Food Bank is hoping a new fundraiser will help it give back to even more people in the four counties it serves.

The food bank will hold a bass fishing tournament at Roland Cooper State Park on April 1. The tournament will include adults, who will be competing for the $2,000 top prize and high school fishing teams. The high school teams will be competing for other prizes like a new rod and reel.

“We were tossing ideas of what to do and we wanted to do something a little different,” said Jeff Harrison, executive director of the Selma Area Food Bank. “I’m only aware of one or two other charities that do a fishing tournament, so we thought we’d try that.”

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The tournament will start at safe light and will continue until 3 p.m. The weigh in will also be held at Roland Cooper State Park.

The entry fee covers the big fish competition, boat launch fee and tournament entry. The cost to enter is $115 per adult team. The entry fee for high school teams is five canned food items.

“We are going to give them some very nice prizes for participating,” Harrison said of the high school students. “We certainly want to encourage the next generation to take up fishing.”

Harrison said several teams have registered, but from talking to people that have run other tournaments, he’s learned that most registrations will take place right before the tournament or the day of.

“Bass fisherman are going to wait. They are going to want to see what the weather is going to do,” Harrison said.

For more information or to find the entry form, visit