The 33rd Annual Uncle Jesse’s Big Bass Classic has been set for Oct. 30 at Pat Mayse Lake and registration is now open.
First held in 1988, the “Uncle Jesse’s Big Mouth Big Bass Classic” has become an annual event each spring for Paris and Lamar County. The tournament attracts 350-400 anglers and hundreds of fans and spectators.
The individual registration fee is $50 with four-man teams being $225.
All mail-in entries must be postmarked no later than Oct. 28. Registration will be at Brannan’s Bass Shop, 10081 US-271 in Powderly, until 7 p.m. on Oct. 28. Fishing commences at 6 a.m. on Oct. 30 with weigh-in starting at noon and closing at 3 p.m.
Denver “Uncle Jesse” Pyle of the Dukes of Hazard has been on hand for each of the previous tournaments shaking hands, signing autographs, hugging kids and helping in every way, until his death in 1998. He, along with his lovely wife, Tippi, never asked, nor received reimbursement for their participation. Denver’s one request was that all net proceeds from the tournament go directly to benefit children of the county with special needs.
Denver Pyles Children’s Charities is a unique organization that is made up strictly of volunteers’ efforts, with no administrative fees paid at all. All money raised through entry fees and sponsorships is directly awarded to organizations benefiting the children of Lamar County.
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