East Texans hosting benefit fishing tournament for fallen angler

Source: bassmaster.com
Source: bassmaster.com

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - East Texas fishermen are casting a line and reeling in some support for a Texas angler that was murdered three weeks ago in Jackson, Mississippi.

Local Bass fishermen say even though they didn't know Jimmy Johnson they feel as if they lost a friend.

"To have someone wanting to make a mark in fishing but have his story be told this way it's just tragic," said Lufkin Bass fisherman, Scott Burns.

Fisherman Jimmy Johnson of Gando, Texas was murdered on October 13th while in Jackson, Mississippi fishing the Bass Master Central Open.

Authorities say Johnson, 56, was shot after confronting Shaun Brown, 17, who was allegedly burglarizing his boat. The teen is now charged with capital murder.

And East Texans and fishermen from all over are coming together to help the Johnson family.

"He was a fisherman. He was an angler," said Burns.

"Although we didn't know Mr. Johnson personally, this is part of a family of anglers and we all stick together," said President of the Nacogdoches Bass Club, Ron Jones. 

"We are kind of a tight-knit community. You know anglers, we may talk, carry on and cut up but when it's time to go fishing we all get pretty serious but you know it's something like this that you never really think about happening and when it does it really does touch the heart of everybody fishing because it could be anyone," said Burns.

Burns is hosting a benefit bass fishing tournament on Saturday, November 16, 2013 in honor of Johnson and in hopes of raising money for his family.

"I though there's something I could do or should do and that's why we're trying to hold the benefit tournament to help out the family," said Burns.

Jones and his club as well as the Southeast Region of the Texas B.A.S.S Nation will compete in the tournament and all others are welcome.

"We're like this when we're competing but when we're on the water and off the water we're very good friends and most anglers you'll find are very friendly toward each other. They'll help each other in any way they can," said Jones.

The tournament will take place on 11/16 at Jackson Hill Marina on Sam Rayburn.

Registration will start at 5:00 AM. It's $25 for an individual and $50 for a team.
Weigh-in will begin around 3:00 PM and run through 3:30 then there will be a get-together, presentation of 1st-3rd place plaques and fellowship to reflect on what brought them to the lake that day.

To register or for more information contact: Scott Burns (936) 215-0652 https://www.facebook.com/ScottBurnsFishingPage?ref=br_tf or Terry at Jackson Hill Marina (936) 872-9266 or terry@jacksonhill.us

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