Hosting fishing tournaments isn’t something new for Walker County, hopefully, anglers and tournament officials will be able to recognize that fact long before FLW’s second event of 2013 kicks off Thursday morning.
Anglers entered Jasper in droves over the last few days, and practice for the tournament officially begins today. By now, those folks should have already noticed the hospitality that Walker County is known for while hosting these types of tournaments. Smith Lake has hosted many successful fishing tournaments over the years, and most all anglers leave thinking Jasper and Walker County is about the friendliest place on earth.
Anglers are treated like rock stars in our area. Thousands of area residents can name a fisherman just from seeing the sponsors on his jersey. That kind of knowledge and enthusiasm about the sport is what brings tournaments back again and again.
The work of the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County is also a key factor in the number of fishing events that continue to flock to Smith Lake. Anglers have also bragged in the past about how smooth tournaments run on Smith Lake, and that’s due to the work of Lewis and her volunteers.
Fishing has proven to be an economic powerhouse in Walker County. The FLW Tour stop is expected to have a $2 million impact on the local economy.
The tournament will also be televised on NBC Sports Network, which will showcase Smith Lake, driving other anglers and possibly even tournaments to the area in the future.
The positives that surround events like the FLW Tour are well beyond any possible negatives. The anglers will be visiting our churches and our schools. They’ll also be shopping in our stores.
The Daily Mountain Eagle wants to welcome the FLW, and when the 2013 season wraps up, we have no doubt they will look back on their Smith Lake stop as one of their favorites of the year.
- Daily Mountain Eagle