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HOTO Buddy Bass Tournament Will Be Held This Saturday

Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare’s 6th annual Buddy Bass Tournament will be held this Saturday, March 17, at Theodosia Marina.

Launch time is 7 a.m. and weigh-in will be at 4 p.m.

Entry fee is $50 per boat which includes Big Bass and Big Smallmouth Bass. There will be cash and trophies for winners as well as drawings for other prizes.

A lot of nice gifts have been donated by tournament sponsors.

All proceeds of this tournament go toward the annual Heart of the Ozarks Fourth of July celebration.

For more information about the tournament contact Mike Burris at 543-5338.

Last year’s winners were Mark Sanders and Ronnie Curry, with five bass weighing 16.40 lbs. Sanders also had the big bass weighing 5 lbs., and Curry netted the big smallmouth at 2.12 lbs.

Steve Heinlein and Reggie Stanifer won the event in 2010 with a limit of bass weighing 18.10 lbs. B. Stanifer and C. Pierce had big bass at 4.15 and S. Heinlein and R. Stanifer had the big smallmouth at 3:12 lbs.

The biggest largemouth checked in during the past five years was a 6.60 lb. lunker landed by Marvin Olive in 2009. Marvin and Brandon Olive won the tournament that year with total weight of 17.50 lbs.