Southern Fishing News publisher and editor, Ron McDonald, has announced, his bass fishing Internet publication is sponsoring a two-day fishing event in North Alabama for 20 wounded warriors from the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), Ft. Campbell, Ky. The Operation HOOAH (Healing Outside Of An Army Hospital) outing will be held November 3-4, 2012. The Soldiers will fish two different lakes with volunteer bass anglers as guides. The volunteer anglers will provide their own personal fishing equipment and lures for the Soldiers to use.

McDonald said, “The purpose of this event is to not only get these Soldiers out of the Army hospital for a couple of days of bass fishing but to facilitate their mental healing as well. Most of our bass fishing guides will be local anglers but we will have some coming from Ft. Campbell itself.”  He also said the Operation HOOAH fishing event is planned as an annual undertaking until there is no 101st Airborne Soldier need.

The wounded warriors and fishing guides will be fishing on Pickwick Lake, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, 7 AM to 3 PM out of McFarland Park in Florence, Ala. Sunday, November 4, the teams will be on Wilson Lake fishing the smaller impoundment from 7 AM until noon out of Safety Harbor below Wheeler Dam. In addition to the 20 bass guides, McDonald said he is planning to have 2 to 3 stand-by boats, including the official Southern Fishing News bass boat, for media boats and emergency guide boat replacement.

The publisher noted verification of the 101st Airborne Division HOOAH Organization and the Southern Fishing News Operation HOOAH event can be received from 1LT Sean Clifford, 101st Airborne Warrior Transition Battalion at for any individuals, businesses or organizations wishing to donate money or products to support the event. Donors may contact Southern Fishing News for details at

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