On occasion you learn of the passing of one of "the good ones" and it breaks your heart.

That was the overall sentiment when people of Northwest Louisiana learned that Trey Burford had lost his battle with the complications of COVID and passed.

However, those who knew Trey best, wanted to turn his passing into something positive for the community he loved most.

His obituary tells the story better than I ever could:

Trey loved his family, friends, work and all things outdoors.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman and truly enjoyed his many adventures, both at home and on trips to various hunting and fishing camps.  A forest, lake, river, field or mountain were like glimpses of heaven to him.  Many a story was shared over the smoke of the barbeque grill or fish fryer.

And it was his love of the water and fishing that inspired friends and family to launch a bass tournament that would help to endow the new "Trey Burford Memorial Tournament Scholarship Fund" which will provide money for a high school scholarship for High School Fishing League fishermen.

Trey Burford Memorial Facebook page
Trey Burford Memorial Facebook page

Now in its second year, this year's tournament is scheduled for Saturday, April 1, 2023.  It's the Second Annual Trey Burford Memorial Bass Tournament on Toledo Bend to be held out of the San Miguel Boat Launch in Zwolle, Louisiana and the winning team will receive a guaranteed $10,000!

This is a 2-person team tournament with an entry fee of $250 per team, however, individuals can fish alone, providing the individual pays the full $250 entry fee.

Trailering is allowed so you can launch wherever it's convenient for you.

First cast will be at 6:45 am and last cast at 3:00 pm.  However, there's an incentive to register as early as possible, as the earlier a team registers, the later their check in time will be.

  • Boat Number 1-75 must be checked in by 4:00 pm
  • Boat Number 76-150 must be checked in by 3:45 pm
  • Boat Number 151+ must be checked in by 3:30

Online registrations are now being taken at fishoutlawoutdoors.com

Or you can register in person on Friday, March 31 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at San Miguel Launch or the morning of the event, on Saturday, April 1 from 5:30 am until 7:00 am, also at San Miguel Launch.

To see more just go to the Trey Burford Memorial Fishing Tournament Facebook page.

At the weigh in at San Miguel, beginning at 2:30 pm on April 1, the group will sell t-shirts, hold a silent auction, a live auction and a gun raffle with proceeds going to the scholarship fund.

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