Sanders-Piper tourney sign-ups under way


The 15th annual Bill Sanders-Bo Piper Memorial Benefit Bass Tournament will be held Saturday, March 31, on the Arkansas River at Regional Park.

The event will start at safe light and end at 3 p.m.

Winners of the tournament will receive $2,500. The top 10 places are guaranteed cash and prizes.

Boats will launch according to paid registration entry number. The entry fee is $110.00 per two-person team, which includes participating in the $500.00 Big Bass pot.

Fishermen are encouraged to register early to receive a discounted entry fee. A $15.00 late fee will be assessed for those who register at the ramp on the day of the tournament.

The first 75 teams to sign up will receive a free official tournament shirt designed and made by Gary Sullivant at Vision Graphics.

Six random drawings for $50 will be given away, but in order to be eligible, the angler must have on the 2012 official Sanders-Piper Tournament shirt.

Fee also includes two tickets to the King Kat Fish Fry, which will be held in the Regional Park Waterfront facility immediately following the weigh-in. Beverages will be provided by Three Rivers Distributing Co.

The weigh-in for the event will be conducted by weigh master Gary Henderson, who is a long-time sportsman and area businessman.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Area Agency on Aging and all of the donations remain in Southeast Arkansas.

Fisherman interested in participating in the tournament may register by contacting Barrie Hardin or Mary Beth Clark at the Area Agency on Aging at 543-6300 or toll free at 800-264-3260, or e-mail bhardin@aaasea.org or mbclark@aaasea.org.

Anyone wishing to make a donation or volunteer should contact the Area Agency on Aging at 709 E. 8th. Additional information about the Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas services and programs and the tournament registration and rules are available at www.aaasea.org.