By: Kara Duffy
May 8, 2013
Bainbridge, GA- The 23rd annual American Bass Anglers Military National Championship Tournament is officially underway.
"The military guys, they all look forward to this event," said Joe Angelone, the director of the tournament. "They're very excited to be coming here to Bainbridge on Lake Seminole. They feel like they're going catch a lot of fish; the weather's great for them!"
More than one hundred boats hit the water bright and early Wednesday morning for day one of the three day tournament.
All the anglers competing are either active duty or retired members of the military; all with their eyes on the same prize; reeling in the biggest catch.
"Each tournament boat has two people per boat," said Angelone. "They can weigh five fish each day."
One by one, the anglers will begin to make their way back to shore for weigh-in. On Friday afternoon, the winning team will be announced.
"They're going to win cash and a fishing trip to a great location with Ray Scott, the founder of BASS," said Angelone.
Folks say, regardless of who walks away a winner, the main purpose of the tournament is to honor their service to our country.
"They've put their lives on the line," Angelone said. "Their families have gone through tremendous hardships while they're away, so this event is just a tremendous event."