After careful and prayerful consideration of the many implications related to conducting a 100+ boat tournament while we cautiously move forward with “re-opening” communities, businesses and our daily lives, we have determined that it is in the best interest of all concerned to POSTPONE the Pickwick Lake Catch-A-Dream Bass Classic to a later date to be determined. We realize this will be disappointing to our friends who were looking forward to June 13, and it is equally likewise for us. It also adds significantly to Catch-A-Dream’s mounting lost revenue stream as a result of canceled or postponed fund raising events.
Although we are all anxious and, in some cases, desperate to return to pre-pandemic normal activities, the best information we can gather from CDC and other national medical sources tells us that we should err on the side of caution as we seek to avoid inadvertently extending the spread of the coronavirus among the many communities that we bring together. With anglers from at least 6 states, family members and spectators attending from at least 3 states, as well as volunteers from 3 states, health, safety and protection of everyone in our extended families and communities must be our priority. We evaluated numerous alternative (and creative) strategies for maintaining social distance and sanitary conditions during every phase of the weekend event, but none provide the absolute safety assurances that would make us comfortable that we are exercising the stewardship responsibility with which we have been entrusted. Regrettably, the timing is simply not right at this point of our national health crisis.
The tournament “re-schedule” calendar is already becoming crowded, but we will examine options to determine if there is a window of opportunity for us to set a feasible alternative Fall date. We appreciate your support and your patience, and will look forward to the prospect of making this tournament a success at a later, and hopefully safer, time!