Anglers of all ages are invited to join in some friendly competition with local police and firemen for the Fourth Annual Guns & Hoses Tournament Saturday, Aug. 18, onLakeTaneycomo.
Lilleys’ Landing Resort & Marina will again host the fishing contest, which benefits the Branson Fire & Police Auxiliary. Each two-person team can register for $75 for the event either by mailing or dropping off an entry form available at Lilleyslanding.com. The marina is again offering 50 % off boat rentals for contestants, but those should be reserved ahead to ensure availability by calling the resort office, 417-334-6380.
Fishing licenses and trout permits can be purchased right at the resort office before the takeoff, which starts at 8 a.m. The weigh-in is at 2 p.m. followed by a complimentary meal for contestants provided by Danna’s Barbecue at the resort pavilion. Prizes and specially-made trophies will be awarded for first through third places, plus teams are given free raffle tickets for donated items and can buy more.
Kory Klein, organizer, said that while last year’s benefit earned about $1,700, he hopes this year will bring in more. Helicopter rides, hotel nights, a Murder Rock golf package for four and some restaurant certificates have all been donated for the raffle time. A traveling trophy was initiated to spark competition between police and firemen -- now in the hands of police after last year’s contest, Klein said.
Organizers are hoping for a “quiet” weekend in Branson, he added, so that firefighters and officers can actually take some time off together to enjoy a few hours of fishing. The auxiliary funds help support firemen and officers and families in need, especially when they are off work from injuries.
Last year, some officers came from out of town to support the event, which drew 22 teams.
Lilleys’ Landing Resort is located at 367 River Lane in Branson, accessed midway off Fall Creek Road from between 76 Country Music Boulevard and MO 165 Highway.