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Illinois hunting and fishing

Bass tournament to honor veterans

March 21, 2011 at 09:08 AM

Prairie State Outdoors

The inaugural Fishing for Freedom bass tournament for armed forces veterans will be held June 4-5 on the Mississippi River at Quincy.

Travel and tournament expenses for participating veterans will be covered, including hotels, meals, entertainment, fishing tackle, awards and prizes.

“We already have wounded warriors signed up and headed for the river from as far away as California, Montana and the Dakotas,” says event organizer Glenn Sanders.

Several military bases in the Midwest have committed to send groups of veterans.

A network of bass anglers from the Quincy and tri-state region along with local and corporate sponsors are making the event possible, he says.
More volunteers are needed.

“We still need additional bass fishermen who are willing to bring their boat and fish this tourney with one of the vets,” Sanders says. “All of the fishermen, who have fished in these tournaments before, will tell you that you will have the most memorable day on the water you will ever experience.

“Local fishermen are stepping up to the plate but fishermen from outside of the area really bring something special.”

Men and women in the National Guard and Reserves also are welcome.

“If they don’t want to fish, let them be our guest at the banquet and other activities that weekend,” he says.

Sign up for the tournament at: http://www.fishingforfreedomquincy.org/ or call (217) 242-5579.

Sponsors also are needed. Call the Quincy Convention and Business Bureau at 1-800-978-4748.

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