Tournament on Lake Guntersville Saturday will help victims of Alabama tornadoes

The tornadoes slashed through Alabama back in April, leaving a wide path of death and destruction. Stories from Tuscaloosa and Birmingham dominated the news for a few days, but soon became old news to the rest of the country.

But there was a lot more to those stories than appeared on the national news venues, said Chuck Kinard, one of the founders of The Bass Federation in South Carolina, who is helping launch a bass tournament on Lake Guntersville this Saturday to raise money for tornado victims.

“I was talking with a guy I am helping in Alabama, Rowland Liverett of Dora, Ala., who started the online tackle store, He was telling me about the tornadoes that came through there, one less than a mile from his house,” Kinard said.

“We were talking about how everybody was going to help in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, but there were some smaller towns that just got leveled.”

As big as bass fishing is, they thought, it would be great if the fishing industry did something to help those victims in areas that were not getting a lot of help. The two of them started planning a fishing tournament and soon the Alabama TBF joined forces with them.

“We threw it together in a real short time frame so we have not got information on it out as much as we would have liked. But those folks needed help right now and we needed to help them get that help right now,” Kinard said.

Kinard called on his contacts in the fishing industry and they lined up to help with the tournament. Participating sponsors include Ranger Boats, Yamaha, Mercury Motors, Minn Kota Trolling Motors, FLW Outdoors, Illusion Baits, Bayou Outdoors, Capt. Jerry's Marine Products, Alabama TBF,, L and L Tackle and Strike King.

“Pro angler Chris Lane is donating a guided fishing trip, the Best Western in Guntersville is donating some rooms and the Wal Mart in Guntersville is donating water and drinks for the tournament,” Kinard said. “Fishing for the Cure, a children's based organization, had planned a fund-raising tournament and it was scheduled the weekend the tornadoes hit, so it was canceled. But they had a big three-burner grill donated by Home Depot that they are providing for this tournament.”

Kinard said that, depending on the cut in the tournament on Lake Logan Martin this week, several other pros planned to attend the tornado fund-raiser Saturday.

“Chris lane, Russ Lane, John Crews and possibly Boyd Duckett are talking about making the swing down to Guntersville to sign autographs and do stuff like that at our tournament.”

Entry fee for the tournament out of Bucky Howe Park on Lake Guntersville is $150 with $100 of that going to tornado relief, Kinard said. Alabama TBF's goal is to get at least 150 boats to the tournament, but Kinard said he would love to see 200 boats.

For details on entering call John Hall at: 334-257-1177 or 251-269-4998 or email him at: [email protected].

“You know, you wake up one morning in the midst of a tornado and the next thing you know everything is gone,” said Kinard who will miss South Carolina TBF tournament on Lake Russell this weekend in order to help with the special tournament for tornado victims in Alabama.

Currently ranked 6th in the South Carolina TBF standings, Kinard said missing the Lake Russell tournament will be a small sacrifice for helping the tornado victims.

“I believe what I will miss in that tournament will be more than made up helping those people out,” he said.


Alabama Tornado Relief Tournament

Sat, Jun 18, 2011

Lake Guntersville

Bucky Howe Park