The early entry fee is $120 per team/boat; $145 on the day of the tournament. A pre-tournament safety meeting will be held Friday, June 13 at 5 p.m. at the Eufaula Community Center (540 Lake Drive.) The marina grill opens for breakfast at 4 a.m. Saturday and the tournament blast-off is set for first safe light from Lakepoint Marina main ramp just off U.S. 431 North (104 Old Highway 165, Eufaula 36027.) Weigh-in begins at 2 p.m.
“We expect a big turnout from all over the Southeast,” Capt. Sam Williams, tournament organizer, said. “We’ll kick off the tournament Friday night with a safety meeting that we encourage one team member from every boat to attend and the public is invited, too. We’ll have a silent auction and a lot of prizes to give away. On Saturday morning, the Lakepoint Marina Grill opens at 4 for coffee and biscuits, and the bait store will be open, too.”
Tournament winnings include more than a dozen cash prizes for Smallest Legal Fish, Biggest Fish, and first through fifteenth places. Door prizes will also be awarded by random drawing.
Tournament sponsors include Skeeter Performance Fishing Boats, Legend Boats, Triton Boats, Nitro Performance Fishing Boats, Phoenix Boats, Ranger Boats, Bass Cat Total Performance Bass Boats and Stratus Boats. A complete list of local and national sponsors, event details, tournament rules, online registration and additional information is available at www.alabamachildrensclassic.org.
The 2013 tournament first place winners Dustin Wood and Danny Jimmerson brought in five fish for a gross weight of 21.43 pounds. The biggest fish award went to David and Justin Buchanan for a 6.73 pound bass.
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