By Paige Nash
The Sibley Volunteer Fire Department will be holding their 44th Annual Bass Tournament this year on March 25 and they are in high hopes that this tournament will be a much-needed success.
After a couple of years battling with Covid, the Sibley Volunteer Fire Department had to cancel their annual bass tournament in 2020 and follow strict restrictions in 2021. Another issue they have been faced with is the fluctuating lake level.
“Attendance has been down due to the lake being low just before tournament time,” said SFD Volunteer Robert Smart. “I don’t feel safe having people on the lake with it down. So, we have had to make some rapid decisions on holding the tournament or not and that has hurt us the last few years.”
The proceeds raised from this tournament will benefit the fire department throughout the year.
“We put this money in a special account to provide our elderly with Christmas baskets and the purchase of funeral flowers for our residence that pass,” said Smart. “We also purchase the Fireman’s Christmas Dinner out of this account. The reason for this account and why it does not go through the town is because you cannot use town funds for these purposes.”
Registration will be at the Sibley Town Hall the Friday evening before the tournament, March 24, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. One member of the fishing team must be present at registration to receive their entry I.D. number and will serve to answer all questions regarding guidelines for the tournament.
There is a $100 entry fee per team.
All fishing must take place on Lake Bistineau. You can launch your boat at any public boat launch located on the lake, but you must get to the weigh in by boat.
Weigh in will take place at Port’ O Bistineau at 3 p.m.
For a complete list of the tournament guidelines, you can pick up a general information brochure and entry form at local stores, including Country Market or the Sibley Town Hall.
You can turn in your entry form to any SFD member or mail forms with a check to Sibley Fire Department at P.O. Box 309 Sibley, La 71073.
If you have any questions, you can reach out to Robert Smart at 318-540-4619, Joe David at 318-401-0245 or Richard Davis at 318-382-3333.