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Evan Isbell’s legacy for sharing his love of fishing with others is helping bring smiles to the faces of children participating in Camp Courage, a Helen Keller Experience.

Isbell, 16, a member of the Muscle Shoals Trojan Bass Fishing Team, died in an automobile accident June 23. He was well known for helping special needs children and adults learn to fish through the Timmy Horton Fishing For Kids program and Camp Courage, a Helen Keller Experience.

Isbell, of Tuscumbia looked forward to Fishing for Kids and Camp Courage with as much enthusiasm as he did any of the many bass tournaments he competed in on the Alabama Student Angler Bass Fishing Association on other tours.

“Evan was such a nice young man. He would always come up to me after Camp Courage or Fishing for Kids and thank me for letting him help,” said Susann Hamlin, president and CEO of Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau. “He always had a smile on his face when he was helping the children learn how to fish.”

To honor Isbell, Camp Courage, a Helen Keller Experience organizers created the Evan Isbell Angler Award to honor the camper deemed the top angler. Twelve children from throughout Alabama attended this year’s session of Camp Courage Sept. 24-27.

Chase_and_Zachary.jpgThe first recipient the Evan Isbell Angler Award was Zachary Glasgow of Albertville. Glasgow caught a 4 ½ -pound largemouth bass at the Camp Courage fishing day on Pickwick Lake to clinch the prize.

It was the first bass and largest fish that Glasgow, 9, has caught.

“It was huge. It pulled really hard when I was reeling it in. Everybody on the boat was telling me that it was a good one,” Glasgow said. “I loved catching that great big fish.”

Chase Murphy, a close friend of Isbell, presented the special award to Glasgow. Several members of the Muscle Shoals Trojan Bass Fishing Team attended the awards ceremony.

“Evan was always trying to help people. He loved getting to help with Camp Courage and help make the children happy,” Murphy said. “With this award, Evan is still making the Camp Courage kids happy. It is a great way to honor Evan and his parents, Ashley and Connie.”

In addition to fishing, the campers made pottery and candles, explored a farm and nature preserve and learned how to use their abilities to make a difference in the world, just as Helen Keller did.

Camp Courage was sponsored by the Helen Keller Birthplace Foundation,  Optometry Cares  - The American Optometric Association Foundation, Valley Credit Union, University of North Alabama,  Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau, Colbert County Commission, Colbert County Community Development Fund, Siemens Industries, Helen Keller Hospital, Muscle Shoals Fishing Team, Tim Horton Fishing,  Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association and Alabama Tourism Department, Wind Creek Hospitality, Cypress Cove Farm and George’s 217.

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SHEFFIELD - a pair of University of North Alabama freshmen bested 122 anglers from throughout the South to win a Fishlife Collegiate Tour bass tournament on Pickwick Lake.

Sloan Pennington of Childersburg and Caleb Dennis caught five largemouth bass weighing 19.78 pounds to win the tournament, that was staged out of Riverfront Park on Saturday, Sept. 19. They earned $1,500.
John Davis and Payton McGinnis of the University of Alabama finished in second place with 16.70 pounds. Austin Hanley of University of Alabama-Birmingham, who fished alone, was third with 16.46 pounds. Taylor Thompson and Blake Yarbrough of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga., finished fourth with Mason MacAnally and Austin Maynard of UAB rounding out the top five.

It was the only second collegiate level tournament for Pennington and Dennis, who were teammates on the Fayetteville High School fishing team. Both said the opportunity to fish at the collegiate level for a school only minutes from Pickwick Lake were big factors in their decision to attend UNA.

“Education came first, but having a fishing team was a close second for why we came to UNA,” Dennis said.

“We had never fished Pickwick Lake before we came to UNA, now we fish it almost every day. It’s an awesome lake,” Pennington said.

Pennington said he and Davis used a variety of techniques to catch their fish in the Fishlife tournament. “We caught fish in a bunch of different places, using a bunch of different baits at a bunch of different depths. We were just junk fishing all day.”

The tournament was sponsored by Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau. Executive Director Susann Hamlin said sponsorship will pay dividends as the anglers return to their colleges and universities and talk to their friends about Pickwick Lake and encourage them to visit the Shoals.

 

The intangible benefits of fishing are many but often hard to define. The tangible benefits will be on full display Saturday in the Tim Horton High School Bass Anglers Challenge on Pickwick Lake.

Students from all corners of the state will converge on the Tennessee River for the third annual event, competing for at least $20,000 in scholarship money. The tournament begins at 6 a.m. Saturday morning from Riverfront Park in Sheffield. The weigh-in starts at Riverfront at 2 p.m. Read More

SHEFFIELD – Alabama students can help pay for their college tuition while catching bass on Pickwick Lake June 13.

The Third Annual Timmy Horton High School Bass Anglers Challenge offers $20,000 in college scholarships. The tournament, for students in grades 7-12, will be staged out of Riverfront Park in Sheffield. It is open to students in public, private and home schools. The entry fee is $20 per angler.

Horton, a Bassmaster Elite Series angler and outdoors television personality from Muscle Shoals, said the tournament offers students an opportunity to win money for college while fishing on one of the greatest bass lakes in America.

Pickwick is absolutely awesome. It is full of big largemouth, big smallmouth and big spotted bass too,” Horton said. “The kids are going to catch some really nice fish and have a lot of fun catching them.”

Students will compete in two divisions, grades 7-9 and 10-12. The tournament is open to 2015 graduates.

Trophies and scholarships will be awarded to the top five individual anglers in each division. Trophies and scholarships to Northwest-Shoals Community College will be awarded to the top schools in each division.

Students will enter as two-angler teams, but compete as individuals. There is no limit to the number of two-angler teams a school can enter.

Competitors will receive and a pre-tournament meal on Friday night and a souvenir fishing buff. Highlights from the tournament will be televised.

Entry forms are available at FishPickwickLake.com

For more information about the tournament, or lodging, contact Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau at (256) 383-0783, (800) 344-0783 or colberttourism@comcast.net.

Dear Alabama High School Student Angler:

Tim Horton LetterOur 3nd Annual Timmy Horton High School Bass Anglers Challenge will be held on Pickwick Lake in Northwest Alabama on June 13, 2015. This tournament will be televised nationally. Click Here for Angler Registration forms, Boat Captian Registration formsRules and Regulations, and hotel information.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to have a great time fishing and earn some big money for college. I’ll be on hand for the tournament and all the events associated with it. I Hope you will make plans to come fish on my favorite lake, Pickwick in Alabama, on June 13, 2015.

If you need additional information, call us at (256) 383-0783 or e-mail us at colberttourism@comcast.net

Let’s Have Fun Fishing!

 Schedule of Events

Some spectator seating provided, food available for purchase, festive atmosphere

Breakdown of Winnings in Two Divisions (7th-9th grades; 10th-12th grades)

  • First Place - $3,000
  • Second Place - $2,000
  • Third Place - $1,500
  • Fourth Place - $1,000
  • Fifth Place - $500

Fee is $20 per Angler.

Trophies provided for each winner in both divisions, including Lunker. Read about last years winners!

Tim Horton, Bass Elite Angler

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CHEROKEE, Alabama -- The next time Evan Isbell has a premonition about a fishing trip, his friends are likely to pay attention.

Isbell, a freshman at Muscle Shoals, had a hunch Friday night that he and his fishing partner, Chase Murphy, would catch plenty of big fish during Saturday’s Timmy Horton High School Bass Anglers Challenge fishing tournament on Pickwick Lake.

He was wright. Montgomery, a Muscle Shoals senior, won the the senior division of the tournament, and Isbell placed third in the junior division of the tournament that offered college scholarships as prizes

“We were tying on tackle about 9:30 Friday night when I started getting a really good feeling about the tournament,” Isbell said, “I told Chace that I thought we were going to have a good tournament, and then we did. I’m not sure why I had that feeling, but I hope get it again the next time I go fishing.” Read More

Fishers of Men Northwest Division’s Legacy Series’s 2014 season begins  Saturday, March 8 on Pickwick Lake.
The tournament will be at Riverfront Park in Sheffield.
The Legacy Series is for junior anglers 18 and younger who are accompanied by an adult angler.
Entry fee is $75, plus $30 annual membership.
For more details call Joey Wimberly at 205-993-5856.

The Fishers of Men Northwest Alabama Division season begins Saturday, Feb. 15 on Wilson Lake.
The tournament is being held out of the Safety Harbor boat ramp. Entry fee is $150 per team, plus $40 annual membership.
For more details call Joey Wimberly at 205-993-5856.

Heartland Anglers Division 7 kicks off its 2014 season Saturday, Feb. 1 on Pickwick Lake.
The tournament is Safelight-3 p.m. out of the McFarland Park ramp.
Entry fee $50. The big fish pot is $10.
For more details, call Scotty Johnson at 256-702-0760.

 
 

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