By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Saturday, May 7, 2016 the St. Clair County Republican Party will be holding their 21th annual Logan Martin Classic Bass Tournament.
St. Clair County Republican Party Chairman Lance Bell said, ‘We have the Bass Tournament and we will need assistance with it.”
Freddie Turrentine who is in charge of the bass tournament committee said that one of the things that make the St. Clair Republican Party does to help youth is the bass tournament which results in scholarships for local youth.
The tournament is sponsored by the St. Clair County Republican Party and the proceeds fund the Party’s youth college scholarship program.
Elven College Scholarships were awarded last year.
Mike Fricker, Jane Bishop, and St. Clair County Deputy Freddie Turrentine head the St. Clair County Bass Tournament Committee. This year’s event will be at Lakeside Landing on Highway 231 South in Pell City, Alabama. This is the 21st year that the St. Clair County Republican Party has held the bass tournament to raise money for college scholarships for St. Clair County students. Typically there are 85 to 90 boats participating with two people to a boat. To date the Republican Party Bass Tournament has awarded over $320,000 in scholarships.
The 2016 Gold Sponsor is Buckner Barrels Sales Corporation.
There are still sponsorship opportunities available for this year’s tournament.
Judge Phil Seay (R) said that boat sponsorships are what really drives the scholarships as most of the boat entry fee money goes toward the prizes and expenses.
The St. Clair County Republican Party still needs volunteers for the annual event.
The entry fee is just $150 per boat.
First Place pays $2000. The 2nd place prize is $1000, 3rd place pays $500, fourth place pays $400, the 5th thru 9th place finishers win $375, 10th thru 12th take home $200, 13th thru 15th $200, and 16th thru 20th win $150.
Tournament hours are from first light to 3:00 pm.
There is a five fish limit per boat. Only largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass will be counted and there will be an 8 ounce penalty assessed for any and each fish that are dead at the weigh station.
Sponsorships start at $250 and are tax deductible. Gold sponsorships start at $1000. Your sponsorship/contribution will help some young man or woman achieve their goal of a college or trade school education.
To enter the tournament or sponsor contact Freddie Turrentine at 205-337-1914 or Mike Fricker at 205-525-5416.