Fishing & Boating News

On the Dock with Rick Smith

by: Rick Smith,

(Apr. 05, 2011 - Temple, TX)

High School Championship
The 2nd Annual Texas High School Bass Championship is being hosted on Lake Belton this Saturday the 9th of April. This is an open tournament for all high school students in grades 9 through 12. Fishermen under age 18 will have a safety observer in the boat. The plan is to furnish boats and drivers for any fishermen that wish to participate that do not have access to a bass boat. Registration is $100 for a two student team. Included in the registration is a Friday night captain's meeting and BBQ dinner, a SWAG bag of donated prizes for each participant, a chance to become state champions and after the tournament refreshments. Scholarships will be awarded to the top finishers as well as trophies. It's not too late to register on-line at the texashighschoolbasschampionship website or stop by Marine Outlet in Temple for an entry form. To reserve a boat or for more information, you can contact the tournament weigh master, Justin Rackley, at or at (214)683-8564.

Optimist Charity Bass Tournament
The Optimist Club of Waco is hosting their 2nd Annual Fish for Kids bass tournament on Lake Waco this Saturday, the 9th. Entry fee is $160, which includes big bass. There is a guaranteed payout to the top 5 teams starting with $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second, $650 for third, $400 for fourth and $200 for fifth. Big bass is 100% payback. The tournament will benefit various youth programs. Emcee for this year's event is legendary Texas fishing hall of fame recipient, Charlie Pack. Everyone is invited out to the Twin Bridges Park on Lake Waco for the 3:00 pm weigh-in. You can contact Donna at (254)366-5948 for complete details.

Boaters Needed
Brigadier General Charles B. Allen, soldier and sportsman, who gave his life in service to his country, is being honored by the 41st Fires Brigade Chapter of the U.S. Field Artillery Association with a charity bass tournament on Lake Stillhouse Hollow this Saturday. Tournament headquarters will be at Dana Peak Park. Entry fee is $20 per person plus $10 for big bass. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners and refreshments will provided by Family Readiness Groups. Boaters will be teamed up with active duty soldiers for some much needed R & R. Right now there are 18 soldiers signed up that do not have a boating partner. Captain Neil Ruiz is asking for volunteers to contact him at (254)307-1775 or at his e-mail address, If you have the time and a boat, then give Cpt. Ruiz a call so that no soldier will be left behind.