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Bass tourney benefits area food bank
Event Saturday at Little Hall Park
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Forsyth County News

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American Proteins annual bass tournament benefitting the Hightower Baptist Food Bank will begin at "safe light," or about 7 a.m., Saturday from Little Hall Park off Hwy. 53. Entry fee is $140 per boat. For more information, contact Natalie Gunter at (770) 887-6148.



Fishermen are invited to take part in a fundraiser Saturday on Lake Lanier.

American Proteins is again playing host to its annual charity bass tournament at Little Hall Park.

Natalie Gunter, an employee of the company who helps organize the event each year, said she’s hoping for good weather.

“Hopefully, we’ll have a pretty day like we’ve been having all this week,” she said.

The event will raise money for the Hightower Baptist Association Food Bank, which is supported by about 60 churches in northeast Georgia.

Food is given to families in need once a month through the organization.

Gunter said the tournament will begin at “safe light,” or about 7 a.m. For the past few years, the event has attracted about 100 boats.

“Things look pretty good right now,” Gunter said. “We’re hoping for another good response.”

Entry fee to the event is $140 per boat.

Those participating can register in advance by coming by the American Proteins office, 4705 Leland Drive, or they can register on Saturday.

“We’ll be out there by around 5 a.m. to start registration,” Gunter said.

A number of prizes will be awarded, including $500 for whoever reels in the largest single fish.

In addition, cash prizes from $100 to $2,000 will go to the 10 boats bringing in the heaviest overall catches, Gunter said.

After weigh-in, which will be about 3 p.m., fishermen’s families can join in the fun with concessions and raffles.

“The families all come out and like our raffle,” Gunter said, noting some of the giveaways will include gift cards, jackets, rods and reels, and other fishing supplies.

Last year’s tournament raised about $15,000.

“We hope to raise more than that this year,” said Gunter, noting the event is a lot of fun.

“It’s a big family thing. We look forward to it every year.”