Fishin’ for a Mission is gearing up for its fourth bass fishing tournament April 28 on Lake Dardanelle.
This year, the nonprofit is partnering with Soul Food Cafe in Conway and Russellville’s Community Connections branch.
Fishin’ for a Mission co-founder Amanda Parsons said she and her husband created the event to give back to the community.
Through three years, Parsons said the nonprofit has raised nearly $8,000, but to raise more money is the goal.
“We are praying we can raise more,” she said. “We really want to spread the proceeds with both Soul Food and Community Connections. We have lived in Conway and will continue to support the community here, but we are soon moving to the Russellville/Dardanelle area and want to support them.
“We knew about Community Connections in Little Rock and Conway, but we found they had one in Russellville.”
Community Connections is a nonprofit organization in central Arkansas dedicated to improving the lives of children with disabilities by providing them with extra-curricular activities along with support for their families.
Unlike previous years where the tournament was held at Beaverfork Lake, the tournament will be held at Lake Dardanelle State Park.
‘We took a leap of faith to move the tournament to Lake Dardanelle,” Parsons said. “We had phenomenal tournaments at Beaverfork, but the space is limited because of the size of the lake. We want to raise as much money as possible and want more participants. Having Centennial Bank as our presenting sponsor allowed us to do that, as well as doubling our cash prize give outs.”
Teams will be competing for $5,000 in cash prizes.
Parsons said several places donated gift cards and other prizes.
“We had almost $600 in gift cards from Bass Pro, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Academy Sports, Walmart and Kroger,” she said. “We had rods and reels donated from H24 Outdoors and Skeeter fishing rods and BMT Outdoors donated, too. We have had ball caps, shirts artificial bait and drink tumblers donated. Conway Family Bowl has also donated a bowling party.”
Each team can weigh their five largest, by weight, bass.
First prize will receive $1,500, while up to 10th place will receive cash prizes.
Registration is open through the morning of the tournament.
Early bird registration for the tournament is $110, while registering after April 21 will cost $125 per team.
Registration can be found online at www.fish4amission.org or an entry form can be requested at email@example.com.
All teams must be registered and checked in by 5:45 a.m. on the day of the tournament.
The tournament will be 6 a.m. through 3 p.m. April 28 at Lake Dardanelle State Park.