Wounded veterans are invited to spend a day on the water with a boat captain to compete for cash prizes. Amateur anglers who would like to take a veteran on their boat for the tournament can contact tournament organizers at www.HookedOnDecatur.com and the entry fee will be covered. Supporters can make a donation of $100 to the tournament to sponsor a wounded veteran and boat captain. In addition to wounded veterans, amateur bass tournament angler teams are encouraged to compete.
Hooked on Decatur is a two-person per boat bass fishing tournament. Only largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass will be weighed, and the official tournament bag limit will be five fish per team. Team entry fee is $100 per boat with a $20 per team big bass option (100% payback). The top five winners receive trophies and cash prizes with first place taking $2,000 in cash.
Ingalls Harbor, located at 802 Wilson Street NW in Decatur, will host the take-offs and weigh-ins. Check-in begins at 5 a.m. and weigh-in is set for 2 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase to help raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America and the Purple Heart Foundation.
According to tournament volunteers, the tournament has grown from 20 boats four years ago to 71 boats and 142 fishermen registered in last year’s event. Forty-one veteran teams competed last year and Congressman Mo Brooks was on hand to present the first place award. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) also offered support by having the Mobile Vet Center and staff members during tournament hours to assist and offer information to veterans. To date, the all-volunteer tournament has donated $38,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project.