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Inaugural Lake Havasu Veterans Fishing Classic

Photos from the event

 

Open to the Public

Come out and enjoy the inaugural Lake Havasu Veterans Fishing Classic event – for veterans with disabilities, their families, and the local community!   

The greater Lake Havasu community, in conjunction with FishingCommunity.Org, will be conducting the Inaugural Lake Havasu  Veterans Fishing Classic on 10 November 2015
(the day before Veteran's Day)

This is intended to be a no-frills event for veterans with disablities and their families, as an integral part of the re-socialization and rehabilitation process.  Volunteers and supporters are needed!  Please volunteer, sponsor, and/or donate to help make a difference.  100% of donations go toward disabled veteran support.  Veterans/Family members wishing to participate, please sign up below.  Preference is on a first-come, first served basis, so veterans please sign up you and your families early!

 

Veteran Sign Up                        Volunteer Sign Up


Date: 10 November 2015 

Time: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 
Location:  Lake Havasu State Park, Lot 2 (Dock)
699 London Bridge Rd (Park Entrance)
Lake Havasu City, AZ (map)



Time
Event
Location
7:00-7:30 A.M.
Warriors & Boaters Check In
Lake Havasu State Park Lot 2
7:30 A.M.
Safety Brief & Pairings
Lake Havasu State Park Lot 2
8:00 A.M.
Begin Launching Boats
Lake Havasu State Park Dock
8:00 A.M.
Begin Shore Fishing
Lake Havasu State Park Lot 4
8:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Displays Open
Lake Havasu State Park Lot 4
1:00 P.M.
Return for Weigh-in
Lake Havasu State Park Lot 2
1:30 P.M.
Serve Lunch
Lake Havasu State Park Lot 4
3:00 P.M.
Ceremony
Lake Havasu State Park Lot 4
4:00 P.M.
Warriors depart
Lake Havasu State Park Lot 4


Activities 

  • Boat fishing tournament (with prizes) for veterans with any disability, from any campaign
  • Water, snacks, and lunch will be provided for veterans, family members, and volunteers
  • Shore fishing and other activities will be ongoing during the tournament.  
  • Activities run from 8am to 1pm.  Activities will include: displays from multiple commercial, local, state, and federal organizations; a shore fishing contest; and fishing instruction from pros.  
  • Activities are Open to the Community, so come join us!  

What is provided

  • All Fishing Equipment for our Wounded Heroes - We typically have enough for family members also
  • Lunch for our Wounded Heroes, family members, and volunteers
  • Volunteers to show you the ropes 

What should the Warrior and Family Members Bring 

  • A Camera - Lake Havasu is very scenic. We can take a picture of your fish, and post it on our web site. 
  • Sun Block - The sun can be intense on the water. Be sure to use the appropriate SPF for your skin tone 
  • Polarized Sunglasses - Eyewear protects from the sun and from the wind
  • Attire - It's is always a good idea to wear loose fitting comfortable clothing - avoid cotton as it does not breathe well. Check weather conditions. A hat is a must…glare and warmth.

This event is part of the Bureau of Land Management /FishingCommunity.org partnership’s “Fisheries for Veterans Project”, using America’s public lands and fishing resources to reconnect and revitalize America’s communities and American heroes. 

There will be a charity fund-raising Bass Tournament on 11 November for continued support for future veteran projects.  This event is open to everyone, with a $2,000+ guaranteed cash prize.  More details are available here 

Rules:

  • There is no admission fee for this event. 
  • Ensure everyone has Fun!
  • Veterans and their family members must check-in at the event to be eligible for event benefits.
  • AZ State Park rules apply and can be found here.  
  • No drinking of alcoholic beverages or use of illegal drugs is permitted before or during event hours.
  • 10/21/2015.  Rules have changed!  See updated tournament rules.
  • Currently, there are no concessions scheduled inside of the event, so please come prepared with your own food, drinks, sunscreen, etc….
  • Prizes for the shore fishing contest are limited to Veterans and their families.
  • Fishing Licenses are required (10 years old and up), and are available online from either Arizona Game & Fish or California Department of Fish and Wildlife  (reciprocal fishing agreements).  There are many different online pricing options available.
  • A representative from AZ Game & Fish will be at the event to sell licenses for those that need them.
  • Wounded Heroes have a right to privacy about their medical information. Don’t ask what their disabilities are; if they want to tell you, listen. Sometimes it is very apparent, but most often you just have to be sensitive, flexible and adapt to their needs and limitations