Our First Charity Bass Tournament is in the Books

Jun 14, 2023 | Article, News

Our First Charity Bass Tournament is in the Books

On Saturday, May 20, we hosted our inaugural Charity Bass Tournament on Lake Norman at the Beatty’s Ford Access Area in Denver, NC. Being that the tournament had the biggest one-day payout on Lake Norman in 2023, it was widely attended with over 100 registered boats.

Everyone at Shining Hope Farms would like to express how grateful we are to Randy and Sheila Gibson for coming up with such a great idea for us to host a recurring Bass Tournament. This could not have been done without the tremendous help and advice of Jason Land, Tyler Walls, and Norm Lowe. Being the expert fishing people that they are, this event was sure to be a success! With the help of our staff members, Patrice Gibson and Jessamyn Farrell, along with many of our faithful volunteers, the event turned out to be spectacular! We completely filled up the parking lot at Beatty’s Ford Access early in the morning with 97 registered boats. We are so pleased that our event was so well attended and the fellowship among the anglers was so strong . We appreciate all the support you gave and we surely hope that you all will come back again! Hope to see you at our next tournament event on December 16th, 2023.

Tournament Results


Shining Hope Farms Bass Tournament Winners


A special thank you to Matt Lewis and Dan Weber, who invented and designed WeighBook. We were fortunate that they chose our Bass Tournament as the first opportunity to display and showcase their software product, which kept real-time weight scores of all the competitors’ catches. It was so exciting getting to watch the big screen with all the current information.

Thank you to Jeff Walls and Pepsi for supplying all the beverages and display coolers.

Thank you to Triton Ranger Nitro for the $8,000 bonus money.

Thank you to Mark Rex and Portable Power (Bob Rhyne) for supplying generator light to light up part of the parking lot.

Thank you to Lard’s Backyard BBQ, Randy and Sheila for providing the delicious BBQ lunches.

Thank you to Ross Myers (RWM Designs) for the custom trophies and plaques for the 1st, 2nd place and Big Fish.

Thank you to Phishography (Jonathan McMullen) and Nick for putting a video together to capture this day event.

Proceeds from the event are being used to support Shining Hope Farms’ programs.

The event was made possible by generous community sponsors including:

Presenting Sponsor Carolina Framers

Blast Off Sponsor Accent Homes

Swag Sponsor John Beamer

Award Sponsor Hoke Building Supply

Other Sponsors included:

Standard Distributors
Andrew Dellinger
Daniel Setzer
Whitesides and Company Ins.
Trimaxx Graphic- Norm Lowe
Foothills Marine Center (Nathan Davis) and Skeeter Performance

Thank you to our raffle sponsors:

The Great Outdoors
Full Window Tint Job – American Shade
Fishing Trip on Lake Hartwell – With Pro Brian Lattimore
Bass Boat Technologies – gift cards
Tater Hog Custom Bait
EGO Fishing
Hobie Eyewear – Polarized Glasses
Abu Garcia Zennon Rod Reel Combos
Fishing Trip With Elite Pro Shane Lehew
Fishing Trip With Elite Pro Shane Lineberger
Partsvu Gift Cards
Spray in Bedliner – From Alliance
Waterwood Baits
Full Boat Detail – Robbies Touch
Baits From Todd Auten
Bizzbaits Gift Cards
Elite Fishheads
Buck n’ Bass
Lickety Lews BBQ sauce
Level Performance Rods
Nitro Performance Fishing Boats
Bo Rice Fishing Guide
American Shade- window tent
Carolina Tackle Supply


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