The St. Jude Bass Classic would like all local anglers to make plans to participate in the 37th annual St. Jude Open Bass Classic. This bass tournament, the oldest and largest charity fishing event in the nation, will be held on Sardis reservoir on May 24, 2009. The tournament is a pick-your-partner format with all proceeds being donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Winners will be determined by the total weight of a five fish limit of bass per team. Major sponsors of this year’s tournament are Sportsman’s Warehouse, Ranger Boats, Strike King Lures, Mercury Outboards and Pennzoil.
Total contributions to the hospital from the tournament now exceed $2.167 million. All area anglers should be reminded that the St. Jude Bass Beginning April 1, 2009, the entry fee is $275 per boat.
The 2008 tournament raised $50,000 for the hospital. In spite of record gas prices, 498 anglers from seven states participated in last year’s event. Anglers from Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee were present.
The Grand Prize in 2009 is a fully rigged 198 Ranger boat powered by a 200 Mercury Optimax outboard riding on a deluxe Ranger Trail trailer. This Grand Prize will be awarded to one lucky participant who is present at the random drawing held at the conclusion of the awards ceremony. All participants will receive lure packs from Strike King and each boat will receive a gallon of Pennzoil synthetic blend outboard oil compliments of Pennzoil and Windward Petroleum. Cash and prizes will be awarded to the top 10 percent of the field. Prizes will be furnished by Sportsman’s Warehouse, Strike King lures, Pure fishing and a host of additional sponsors. The winning team will receive two War Eagle aluminum boats and trailers for 15 horsepower Mercury outboards and cash. The tournament is limited to 300 boats.
For more information or to enter this event, anglers may call Dennis Morlok at 662-781-9201. The tournament is limited to 300 boats.
Entry forms may be downloaded from www.stjude.org. For additional information, anglers may call Morlok at 662-781-9201.