CRESTVIEW — Bulldog track and field programs will receive additional funding following Crestview High School and Gulf Power's 15th Annual Bass Tournament.
Whoever nabs the largest fish during the March 8 catch-and-release event will win a $1,250 grand prize. Other participants can win numerous items including fishing lures, event organizers said.
Bass Pro Shops in Destin, Captain Dan Pike of Inshore Angler and Shaw Grigsby Jr. of Bass Elite Pro donated the prizes, according to an event flyer.
CHS coach and event organizer Ernie Martin said he appreciates those who help put the tournament together.
"This is a community effort," he said. "Each year this event gets bigger and bigger."
It attracts fishing enthusiasts beyond Okaloosa County's borders, according to Sid Braunstien, who helped Martin start the event 15 years ago.
"We have people from White City (Florida) to Alabama who attend the tournament," he said.
The average winning bass weight is between 12 and 15 pounds, Braunstien said.
Ultimately, it's important to remember the competition's primary purpose, event organizers said.
"One hundred percent of the proceeds goes back to the kids," Braunstien said.
And many of the students remember the program long after they leave the Crestview campus, Braunstien said.
"It's wonderful in my eyes to see that the kids that once benefited from the tournament now participate in it," he said.
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: Crestview High School and Gulf Power's 15th Annual Bass Tournament
WHEN: Registration begins at 4 a.m. March 8. Weigh-in is at 3 p.m.
WHERE: Black Creek Lodge, 710 Black Creek Lodge Road, Freeport
COST: $100 per team
CONTACT: Ernie Martin, 758-6473