En Fuego to host Easter bass tournament

Published 5:36 pm Wednesday, April 12, 2017

En Fuego will host its 2nd Annual Easter Classic Bass Tournament on Saturday from safe daylight to 2 p.m. at Higgins Ferry on Lake Mitchell.

Last year, over 60 boats entered the competition. Jimmie Hardee and the rest of the group heading the tournament hope to add to that total and continue to build on the positive reception from the community.

“We saw the success that is was,” Hardee said. “It is one of the largest fundraisers for En Fuego.”

According to Hardee, a pretty day is expected the day of the event.

First prize will be a guaranteed $2,500, while second place will earn $1,000. There will also be a big bass pot that will award $500, as well as $100 no-weigh drawing.

Goodie bags will be handed out to participants and door prizes will also be given away.

An entry fee of $110 is required per boat. The proceeds from the event will go towards benefiting En Fuego Ministries. Boats can include one or two men.

Anyone interested in pre-registering for the tournament can call Hardee at (205) 389-2181. Fisherman can also register the day of the event beginning at 4:30 a.m.

Safe daylight is expected to be around 6:30 a.m. and the weigh-in is scheduled to start at roughly 2:05 p.m. Lunch will be provided at the weigh-in.

This marks the 21st year that En Fuego will be sharing God’s message through music and fellowship.

This year’s festival will be held on August 26 in Verbena with “For King and Country” serving as the headline act.

It seems only fitting that the event will take place on Easter weekend, a focal point of Christian faith.

“People love to fish,” Hardee said. “This is a way to reach out to the fishermen.”

The tournament rules and registration form can be found at www.enfuegoinfo.com/downloads.

Sponsors for the event include G.R.A.C.E.’s Marina, Suds R Us, Langston Trucking Inc., Pies By Mike, ALFA Insurance, Giles Cooling & Heating, Jimmie Hardee, Southern Dixie Auto Repair, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Ellison Funeral Home and the Clanton Kiwanis Club.

“There is a lot of effort that goes into putting something like this on,” Hardee said.