Fishing for Freedom in Central Texas is an annual bass fishing tournament that salutes our military.
Military members will gather October 7th and 8th to participate in the Fishing for Freedom bass tournament. The annual event has been running for 10 years and has become a very popular outdoor venue, supported by sportsmen, businesses and outdoors organizations.
The tournament has succeeded in getting 3,000 service personnel out fishing to date and will build on this success in the coming years. Originally conceived by Mike Mennor, then director of Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation (BLORA), in partnership with Rick Smith, President of the Central Texas Marine Association, the program looks to give back to those who serve.
This year, the event is set to include 600 participating anglers, both civilian and military. Approximately 300 boaters will take out 300 active duty and retired military personnel to wet a line. Each participant will get a gift bag, but there is also a grand prize of a 2017 Triton 189 TRX bass boat and 150 horsepower Mercury Outboard motor for the best five fish from each two-man team.
Special guests for the dinner will include Country singer Craig Wayne Boyd and B.A.S.S. Elite pro angler Casey Ashley. The tournament begins the next day at Lake Belton, with an expected launch of around 7:00 A.M., once there is enough daylight.
The event draws a long list of sponsors, including the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Triton Boats, Strike King Lures, Mercury Marine, Line-X, Academy Sports & Outdoors, Marine Outlet, Lend Leasing and Texas Boat World — all coming together for important material and volunteer support.
The tournament kicks off with a barbecue dinner October 7th for an expected 1,200 guests at the Killeen Civic & Conference Center, with doors opening at 3:00 P.M.
To register to participate in this great salute to our troops, check out www.fishingforfreedom.org.