Hydrilla Hawgs, The Chattanooga Bass Association, Fish Dayton, and FLW have come together to help the families who lost loved ones during the 7/16/15 tragedy in Chattanooga. Read statements from each organization below.
Welcome to the site and thanks for your support. My name is Larry Brown, founder of Hydrilla Hawgs Bass Club. In April of 2011, a devastating tornado ripped through the small town of Ringgold, GA. As a firefighter working nonstop for 28 hours, we set up a command center in the middle of town. A select few of us who shared the same passion of fishing sat on the tailboard of the fire engine. We shared stories of the death and destruction as a way of coping with what we’ve encountered. We all agreed that we needed to do something more for the families. So on the back of that fire, truck amidst all of the rubble, the HYDRILLA HAWGS BASS CLUB was formed. We held a benefit tournament with great success! We made it our mission to Strive to help others through the club.
These families have kids that will soon start back to school and will need school clothes, school lunch money etc. When first organizing the benefit tournament I was overwhelmed with the outpouring support of our fishing community – because we are CHATTANOOGA STRONG. I contacted Shane with Chattanooga Bass Association for help with equipment and the organizational resources. THE SUPPORT HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I am very proud of the magnitude of this event and am proud of the hard work that our combined forces have put forth! Thank you everyone involved to make this possibly the largest open/public event in tri-state history.
My name is Shane Frazier, president of the Chattanooga Bass Association.
We are the oldest amateur trail in the United States, 38 consecutive years. The CBA currently has over 200 active members within our organization. We are 501c3 non-profit that pays out over a quarter million per year to participants.
100% of all donations go directly to the families who lost their husbands and fathers. We want to create as bright of a future possible for the children and the wives that were left behind while their fathers and husbands were protecting our freedom and our great country.
My name is Dennis Tumlin, director of Fish Dayton and the Rhea County Economic and Tourism Council.
So when the tragic events unfolded in Chattanooga on that fateful day, the Rhea County community searched for an opportunity to help. When I heard of plans for the #NoogaStrong Memorial Bass Fishing Tournament, I reached out to Shane of the CBA and offered to help in any way we could.
We are very proud to be part of this event and hope our work continues to honor these heroes.
FLW will provide the weigh-in stage and equipment, event staffing and promotional support.
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2015 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. For more information about FLW visit FLWFishing.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
CHATTANOOGA BASS ASSOCIATION, INC. I understand that my participation in this bass Tournament, is taken at my own risk and do here by save harmless from liability The Chattanooga Bass Association, Rhea County Economic and Tourism Council, and commercial sponsors, for any and all accidents, injuries, claims, or damages of any kind of character whatsoever arising out of or in any way connected with my participation in this tournament. I understand that I may be required to submit to a polygraph test (tests) and if I refuse or if I fail in the opinion of the test operator and officials of Chattanooga Bass Association, I understand that I will not be awarded any cash prize product prize or points as it pertains to this tournament. Furthermore, I agree to obey any and all C.B.A. rules, written or verbal.