Fishing for a cause
(KETK) - Tyler, Tx — Ninety anglers hit the water at Lake Tyler Marina Saturday, all to give back to the community. Crosspointe Community Church hosted their 5th annual Team Bass Tournament, and the proceeds went to the St. Paul Children's Foundation.
Mat Frentress has been competing in fishing tournaments for more than a decade and he came all the way from Dallas to take part in Saturday's charity.
"This is something we just love to do," Frentress said. "And it's going for a good cause on top of that, just makes it that much better."
Frentress and his partner were one of 45 teams to compete in the tournament.
"Last year we raised 11,300 dollars, this year we're hoping to blow that out of the water," said Dave Robertson, Tournament Director. "We're hoping to really exceed that, that's our dream, God's good."
"I have grown to love the men that come out here," said Pastor Johnathan Ellison of Crosspointe Community Church. "They support the community they have genuine hearts that want to not just fish well, but they know that even if they lose, their money is going to a worthy cause."
This is one of the largest amateur fishing tournaments in the area and it has one of the biggest payouts with a first place prize of over 2,500 dollars.
"It's a good paying tournament," Robertson said. "We want everyone to know just how good it is."
Prizes went to the top eight places and the two teams with the biggest bass. There was also a raffle for donated items and lunch was provided for the competitors.
"We're blessed, this truly is a blessed community," Ellison said. "They step up and have really come forward and said, 'Not only do we want to support financially we want to help be a part. What can we do to help.?'"
For more information on Crosspointe Community Church or the St. Paul Children's Foundation you can visit their websites: