Southern Fishing News publisher and editor, Ron McDonald, has announced his bass fishing web, Facebook and email news operation is again sponsoring the two-day fishing event in North Alabama for 20 wounded warriors from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Ft. Campbell, Ky. The Operation HOOAH (Healing Outside Of An Army Hospital) outing will be held November 2 and 3, 2013 on Pickwick and Wilson Lakes. The Soldiers will fish the two lakes with volunteer bass anglers as guides. The volunteer anglers will provide their own personal bass boats, 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. The event in 2012 was an outstanding success with great support from local bass fishermen and sponsoring businesses.” The Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa has already committed to providing rooms for the Soldiers on their visit as they did in 2012. The event also has advance support committed from Florence-Lauderdale Tourism, Occidental Chemical Corporation, Tracker Boats in Florence, Grays’s Tackle and the Colbert County Tourism office.

The bass fishing news publisher said he has been coordinating with the Warrior Transition office at Ft. Campbell. The 2013 event has been published and Soldiers are already signing-up.

The wounded warriors and fishing guides will be fishing on Pickwick Lake, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2012, 8 AM to 3 PM out of McFarland Park in Florence, Ala. Sunday, November 3, the teams will be on Wilson Lake fishing the smaller impoundment from 7 AM until noon out of Fleet Harbor at Wilson Dam.

In addition to the 20 bass guides, McDonald said he is planning to have 2 to 3 stand-by boats for media and emergency guide boat replacement.

Any individuals, businesses or organizations wishing to donate money or products to support the event may contact Southern Fishing News for details at

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