‘Faith and fishing’

Popular pro angler, bass tourney raising funds for injured teen

By ED HOWELL, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 10/31/17

Fundraisers this weekend for an injured student’s medical bills will include a Smith Lake fishing tournament and a dinner that will feature pro angler Gerald Swindle as a speaker.

According to organizer Bart Myers of Oakman, proceeds from the Nov. 3-4 events will benefit Janey Carter, who lives near Valley Junior High School and was involved in a serious accident on July 11.

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‘Faith and fishing’

Popular pro angler, bass tourney raising funds for injured teen

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Fundraisers this weekend for an injured student’s medical bills will include a Smith Lake fishing tournament and a dinner that will feature pro angler Gerald Swindle as a speaker.

According to organizer Bart Myers of Oakman, proceeds from the Nov. 3-4 events will benefit Janey Carter, who lives near Valley Junior High School and was involved in a serious accident on July 11.

Myers, who works and carpools with Janey’s father, Joe Carter, at Norfolk Southern in Irondale, said Janey has been first in UAB Hospital and then Children’s Hospital since the accident.

Janey is a Cordova High School senior this year and was Cordova’s volleyball captain at the time of the accident.

“She was on her way to volleyball practice. She told her dad she was just driving too fast. She was late. She ran off the road” on Buttermilk Road. Alone in the vehicle, she ran off the road in the Jeep Liberty that she was driving. Photos shows the Jeep turned over, with the top crushed down, he said.

Janey suffered severe injuries and still is bedridden, he said, noting she has had rehabilitation and surgery. She is conscious and interacts — she has gotten her own special T-shirt from the event, and is anxious to be active again — but still has a long way to go with her recovery.

The events are designed to help with her medical bills, as some other fundraisers have already been held to help, Myers said.

Starting off the weekend will be a “Faith and Fishing” dinner held at First Church of the Nazarene in Jasper on Friday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. Swindle, also known as “G Man,” will speak at the event, which will offer food catered by Son’s Smokehouse. Tickets are $40.

Swindle, 47, “is on the Elite series,” Myers said. “He was actually out here for the Open.” According to Wikipedia, he was the 2004 and 2016 Bassmaster Angler of the Year. His website,geraldswindle.com, said he has career winnings approaching $2 million.

His website also says he is one of the funniest men in the sport and is also known for his generous spirit. Todd Lee, who helped in arranging the appearance, said Swindle is from the Warrior area and is familiar with Smith Lake, adding he is an excellent speaker who is very entertaining. He and his wife, Le Ann, have a child, Whitney.

Myers said Swindle had his photo taken in a Janey shirt and is not accepting any fee to speak on Friday night. “Gerald is undoubtably a great guy,” he said. “He does a great positive mental attitude talk,” although he does not know the exact nature of his remarks that night.

Reservations are requested so that officials know how much food to cook.

On Saturday, the First Annual Carl Cannon’s Fishing for Janey Bass Tournament, presented by Joseph Carter Realty and Motivated Movers, will be held from safe daylight to 3 p.m. at Smith Lake and Smith Lake Dam. The entry fee is $150 per boat, which includes entry in the big fish competitions.

Prizes are first place, $3,000; second place, $2,000; third place, $1,000; fourth place, $750; and fifth place, $500. Prizes of $500 each will be given for Big Spotted Bass, Big Largemouth Bass and Highest Finisher (provided in the last category that the highest finisher is wearing a Janey Shirt). Door prizes will also be given away at the weigh-in.

Tournament directors will be Jason Frost and Kyle Yeilding, with Pride of the South promoting the tournament. Myers said the event could not take place without help from Frost and Yeilding.

Myers said he and Brandi Green can be contacted for pre-ordering a T-shirt at $15.

He said if more than 60 boats are in the tournament, and products from Phoenix Boats, Tournament Rewards from Bass Pro Shops and Triton Gold product are used to win the tournament, each of those companies add $6,000 to the winnings. Using a Legends Boat adds $10,000 to the earnings.

One may call organizers to pre-register. All winners will be subjected to a polygraph test. Anyone under 18 much have a parent/legal guardian to sign a polygraph release before the tournament.

Anyone wanting more information or to make reservations for the dinner may call Myers at 205-302-8145 or look up the Facebook page Janey 4:13. One may also contact Frost at 205-260-8968, Yeilding at 205-470-9727 and Green at 205-471-1173.