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April 29, 2019

2nd Annual Open Buddy Bass Tournament reels in significant funds

Fishermen from across Missouri hit the waters of Table Rock Lake in the early morning hours on Saturday, April 27 to see who could reel in the largest bass. The 2nd Annual Open Buddy Bass Tournament was held to support The Arc of the Ozarks Residential program and the unmet dental, medical and personal expenses for the clients served.

“The turnout was incredible and exceeded our expectations. It was so encouraging to see anglers from across the state come together to support our individuals. The participants were some of the most laid back, generous donors we’ve ever worked with. We are so thankful they chose to benefit our department and we look forward to growing this tournament year after year,” stated Abby Simek, Assistant Director of Residential Services.

This year, The Arc added a kayak division to the event. Ozark Mountain Trading Company handle the logistics of this division. While the anglers were on the water, the State Park Marina donated use of pontoon boats for clients and staff to take out. Many of the clients had never been on a boat and had a blast.

“We were honored to once again assist The Arc of the Ozarks in this fishing tournament. The tournament has grown exponentially in the last two years and I look forward to the future of this event,” stated Glenn Rosser, owner of Anglers Obsession Guide Service and coordinator of the tournament logistics.  

The event wrapped up with a Weigh-In Party where Tri-Tip, coleslaw, baked beans and potato salad we served to the participants. A silent auction with more than 30 items was held. Tara, a Residential client provided a testimony of how The Arc of the Ozarks has enriched her life.

1st Place Total Weight 14lbs 10oz.  – Cole Findley and Jeff Barrickman

2nd Place Total Weight 14lbs – Dave Austin

3rd Place Total Weight 13lb 11oz. – Jeff Ladwick and Ken Harp

4th Place Total Weight 12lbs 13oz – Justin Nave and Craig Yocum

5th Place Total Weight 12lbs 13 oz. – Brian Watson and George Watson

6th Place Total Weight 12lbs 7oz – Lee Muschler and Vic Muschler


Out of the 67 boats competing, the biggest bass weighed in at 4lbs and 1 ounce caught by Cody Millican.

It was a beautiful day of fishing for a cause and raised over $11,000 for the unmet needs of the clients in our Residential Department.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 25, 2020 for the 3rd Annual Open Buddy Bass Tournament.