Big money for big bass

Crowder’s tourney will pay $10,000 to winning team

For all those bass anglers who have hoped for a big money tournament in the Everglades, your dream is coming true.

Channing Crowder’s Bass Fishing Tournament, which offers an unprecedented $10,000 prize for the top team, is Jan. 31 out of Everglades Holiday Park.

The entry fee is only $100 per angler, so for $200, a two-person team has a great chance for a huge payout for catching five decent fish. Second pays $3,000 and third pays $2,000, with payouts through 10th place with 100 boats.

Proceeds of the event benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, a charity that Crowder, a former Miami Dolphins linebacker who now has a sports talk radio show on WQAM 560-AM, is passionate about.

“Put it this way,” said Mike Surman. “It’s way better than playing the lottery or going to the casino. And it’s a great cause.”

Surman, of Boca Raton, is an FLW Tour pro. A member of the Castrol Fishing Team, he is working with Crowder to put on the inaugural event.

The two men got together about three months ago through a mutual friend who is involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs. He knew that Crowder loves to fish for bass and thought he and Surman would have fun fishing together. They scheduled a trip and, in addition to talking about fishing, Crowder talked about his work on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs.