SUPPORT. DEFEND. FISH.
The ArmyBassAnglers & the Coalition are not content with just fishing the toughest team tournaments in Texas. More importantly, they use their ability to fish in national team tournaments and the support of some nationally recognized sponsors to raise the awareness and generate support for some very note worthy charitable causes and events. “We are ecstatic about the support provided by all our sponsors that enables us to carry out our SUPPORT.DEFEND.FISH mission,” says Roberson. The team dedicates countelss hours, energy and resources raising awareness for Returning Heroes Home (returningheroeshome.org), Heroes On the Water (heroesonthewater.org), Warrior Canine Connection (www.warriorcanineconnection.org) and A Soldiers Child Foundation (www.asoldierschild.org).
In addition, the ArmyBassAnglers & the Coalition are involved in (4) fishing tournaments dedicated to taking Soldiers fishing. The team volunteers their personal time to supports “Fishing for Freedom”-Belton, Truman & Thousand Islands to include Warriors on the Water. The whole premise behind the events is an opportunity for the local angling and business community to thank these Heroes for their service and sacrifices. All four events are heavily supported and only made possible through the generosity of local businesses, volunteers, and caring local and regional anglers. These are just a few of the ways the organization lives up to the SUPPORT pillar in its three pronged mission statement.
As mostly active duty Soldiers, the members of ArmyBassAnglers & the Coalition have the very surreal responsibility to DEFEND this nation and the liberties we enjoy as Americans. Members of the organization are currently deployed with several others scheduled to make their 5th and 6th tours. It makes it tough to uphold their obligations in their charity work and to their sponsors, but what makes them & the Coalition unique is that their military background creates a “take care of each other” mentality—Battle Buddies. “Each angler has a “battle buddy” that he fishes two-man team tournaments with and when one member of the team is gone, the other “rucks up” and carries the load for both of them, this is by design and is ingrained all our military training,” states Roberson.
Finally, and last on their list of “priorities of fire” is the FISH pillar of the mission statement. They currently fish all across the country on the World Fishing Network’s hit TV Show FORCE on FORCE, on numerous National team tournament trails, like Fishers of Men, ABA, Bass Champs, Faith Angler Network, Media, ABA, Oakley and even the sometimes the Opens. Again, they uses these appearances as “combat multipliers” to promote RHH, HOW, ASCF and WCC and the Fishing for Freedom charity events all while caring the torch as Ambassadors for their respective sponsors, but do not count them out as qualified contenders. If you read about their successes in the tournament highlights page of the website or watch them on WFN’s FORCE on FORCE you will quickly notice they are a threat every time they idle into a weigh-in.
President/Founder, Cody Roberson, describes the organization by saying, “We don’t consider ourselves professional fishermen, but professional Soldiers who just happen to be really good, avid anglers with a far more important mission and that makes us and our members professionals—HOOAH!”