Bass Tournament to be held March 11

Brandie Richardson

The Fourth Annual Trinity Outdoor Bass Classic will be held on March 11 at theLamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. Sponsored by Don's Automotive Group and Motiva Enterprises, the fishing tournament will feature the Uncle Booga Cracklin, Pastalya and Jambalaya Cooking Competition, the ARTS of the Machine Motor Show and live entertainment throughout the day from local artists.

The bass tournament this year will be an open trailer tournament. Registration will take place at six different locations around the state, beginning at 3 a.m., said Founder Jason Bland. Anglers have the option to fish across various public waterways in the south, though must be back at Lamar-Dixon by 3 p.m. First place teams will receive a $1,500 payout, based on a 50 boat entry.

"When this started it was just a bass tournament and then it grew," Bland said.

The event will also feature the Hook Kids on Fishing Rodeo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the fishing pond at Lamar. Kids and adult disabled individuals can fish for free, though participants must bring their own rod and reel. Prizes will be given to participants who have the biggest weigh in such as fishing poles and tackle boxes.

A portion of the money raised from the event will benefit several organizations and families in need in the Ascension and Assumption Parish areas, as well as to supplying the trips Trinity Disabled Adventures provides.

Trinity Disabled Adventures is a non-profit organization that assists disabled and handicapped individuals by taking them on all inclusive outdoor adventures such as hunting and fishing trips, offer assistance to those addicted to drugs and alcohol and also assists with disaster relief.

More information can be found at trinitydisabledadventures.com.