Sometimes bass fishing is a lot more than bass fishing.
If you are into bass fishing, competition or just want to help a really good cause, consider the two events below. They’ve never been needed more considering the crazy turn that some of our country’s more uncivilized occupants have taken.. This is long, but the info is very important:
There’s an important event coming to Lake D’Arbonne on Saturday, Sept. 26. It’s the LDWF Agent Scott Bullitt Benefit Big Bass tournament. Agent Bullitt was seriously injured when he was shot in the line of duty in May. Not only is he a veteran enforcement agent who protects and serves, he is also an avid outdoorsman and conservationist. I know there are a lot of benefit events and they are all important. If you are a fisherman or do anything in the outdoors, this one should be special. Expect people from all over Louisiana and surrounding states to come to this one — which will be great for him and for Lake D’Arbonne.
This tournament, sponsored by the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association on being put on by a group of volunteers in our area, is to help raise money to help him and his family with medical and other expenses. If you bass fish, consider entering this event. Plans are still in the early stages, but here’s the deal.
It’s a big bass tournament with a $100 entry fee. Entry blanks are available at area sporting goods stores.
There is a FACEBOOK page set up for the event and you can click on photo, then the “Tickets Available” tab, print off an entry blank. Then just fill it out, write out your check and mail it in without even leaving your air conditioned living room! Here’s the site:
There will be six hourly big bass payouts and cash awards for overall big bass. Payout, based on 100 entries, is listed to the left. Hopefully the fishing community will come out in force and double that number. Marion State Bank and Batteries+Bulbs are the title sponsors. You can directly to this site to download a copy of the entry blank and rules as well:
Mark the date on your calendar. Even if you don’t bass fish, you can make a donation. Any checks should be made out to the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association with a note “Scott Bullitt Fund” on the check. If you need more information on making donations or helping with the tournament, call 318-343-2417.
Here’s another good cause:
The Louisiana State Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) will host the Inaugural Fallen Officers’ Memorial Invitational Bass Tournament at Red River South Marina in Bossier City, Sept. 17-19. The tournament, initially scheduled to take place in March, has been postponed twice due to Red River conditions in March and May. Team registration is now open at http://www.la-cops.org. The tournament will raise funds to offset the ongoing cost involved in rebuilding the shattered lives of families and co-workers who have suffered from line of duty deaths in law enforcement. Any officer in any phase of law enforcement, active or retired, can extend an invitation to anyone he or she feels would like to support and fish the tournament.
“We’ve had more than 60 boats register to date, and we’ll be accepting registrations at Red River South Marina until 5 p.m. on Sept. 17, as well,” event organizer Harry Watson said.
This family-friendly event is open to the general public as well as the families of law enforcement, their friends, neighbors, extended family and business associates. Some local jurisdictions will provide law enforcement awareness programs and demonstrations during the event and there will be activities for spectators to enjoy, including kid-friendly contests including a fishing tank, dunk tank and balloon burst on Friday and Saturday at Red River South Marina. There will also be a special memorial program honoring fallen officers on Friday morning beginning at 5 a.m.
“On that Friday morning when the anglers take off, we’ll have about 70 memorial flags with fallen officers’ names on them displayed,” Watson said, adding that there will also be a memorial fly-over by regional police helicopters. Registration fees are $200 per two-man team and registration is limited to the first 300 boats. To register, visit http://www.la-cops.org or make all entry fees payable to LA-COPS and mail to: LA-COPS, 6713 SageWind Drive, Shreveport, LA 71119.