Competitive bass fishermen and casual anglers alike will compete on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at the 26th Annual Wolfson Children’s Hospital Bass Tournament. What has grown into one of the state’s largest bass fishing tournaments takes place each year in Palatka, Florida, the “Bass Capital of the World,” to benefit patients of Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
The tournament draws an exciting range of anglers, from novice to professional, and it has grown every year, thanks to generous sponsors and participants who contributed $146,000 to Wolfson Children’s Hospital last year and more than $2 million total. Last year’s tournament drew 599 registered boats, 1,198 fishermen, and more than a hundred volunteers and supporters who enjoy the tournament and four days of activities associated with it.This year's event guarantees $50,000 in cash prizes.
“The children of Wolfson Children’s Hospital and their families are the real inspiration for this event,” said Tournament Chairman Brian Seay of Miller Electric in Jacksonville. “Their strength and courage brings a tear to my eye every time I reflect on them. All of us who are involved feel honored and blessed beyond measure to be of service to these children, and to be a part of this great cause.”
Registration is now open, and will be accepted until safe light launch on tournament day. Cost is $100 per boat, including “Big Bass.” Prior to the main event on May 16, the Annual Lads and Lasses Bass Tournament will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015, and the Annual VIP and Friends Bass Tournament will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015, from safe light until 3 pm. Entry fee is $80 per boat; entry forms are available online.
A drawing will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at the tournament’s final weigh-in event for a fully rigged 2015 Bullet 21SS Bass Boat with Boatmate Trailer and Mercury 225 Pro XS OptiMax Motor.
For full details and downloadable entry forms for all tournaments, plus to enter the bass boat drawing and view photos and a list of last year’s winners, please visit wolfsonbasstournament.com.
Generous donors and community fundraising events like the Bass Tournament are what give Wolfson Children’s Hospital the ability to continue our not-for-profit mission to provide outstanding care to every child who needs our help. For other ways to support Wolfson Children’s Hospital, please visit wolfsonchildrens.org/waystogive.