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October 30, 2007

National fishing tournament lured to Burnside

Event will begin in late MarcThe waves of Lake Cumberland pulse through the city of Burnside like a lifeblood. Only fitting, then, that the southern Pulaski community uses the lake to draw a major national sporting tournament to its shores.

Burnside — The waves of Lake Cumberland pulse through the city of Burnside like a lifeblood. Only fitting, then, that the southern Pulaski community uses the lake to draw a major national sporting tournament to its shores.

The 2007-08 Fishers of Men National Championship Series will be holding its national championship in Burnside this year. The tournament, which will run from March 31 through April 5, 2008, is expected to draw approximately 160 two-person teams from 55 divisions to Burnside. The participants will come from as many as 27 states after passing through six regional sites.

Al Odom, national director of the Fishers of Men National Championship Trail, said that Burnside had to turn in a bid package along with a number of other communities after receiving information about what the tourney was looking for in a host site.

However, Burnside had one going for it besides beautiful waters of Lake Cumberland that proved attractive the tournament organizers: a prime location.

“(Burnside) geographically centers well in the organization,” said Odom. “Anglers will be coming from 27 states, and Burnside is pretty much in the center of them, which makes it accessible to more people. That’s as opposed to holding (the tourney) on the fringe, like in Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Minnesota, or somewhere like that.”

Another selling point, said Odom, is that smallmouth bass tend to be plentiful for fishing during the time of year the event is held.

The Fishers of Men competition bills itself as “a non-profit, nondenominational ministry whose mission is to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to fishermen and their families through competitive and professionally ran fishing tournaments, according to the Web site, www.fomntt.com.

Additionally, the Fishers of Men organization's TV producer and film crew will be here to record the event and produce a “focus on the host city” segment that will be aired on the Fishers of Men Outdoors TV show which can be seen Saturdays on the NRB Network.

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