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Columbia Bass Pro Shops High School Invitational

Bass Pro Shops manager David Smith  (left)  and Bass Pro Shops staff members Jack Uxa and Blaine Abbott congratulate Chip Malmstrom, Helias Crusaders bass fishing team coach, on his team’s victory in the Columbia Bass Pro Shops High School Invitational. (Photos courtesy of Bass Pro Shops)

Bass Pro Shops manager David Smith (left) and Bass Pro Shops staff members Jack Uxa and Blaine Abbott congratulate Chip Malmstrom, Helias Crusaders bass fishing team coach, on his team’s victory in the Columbia Bass Pro Shops High School Invitational. (Photos courtesy of Bass Pro Shops)

Helias, Southern Boone compete in high school bass tournament

Columbia, Mo.—The Columbia Bass Pro Shops showed its continuing support for high school bass fishing by holding a special tournament June 12 at the store’s pond.

The first Columbia Bass Pro Shops High School Invitational pitted the Helias Crusaders against the Southern Boone Eagles in a two-hour tournament. Columbia Bass Pro Shops manager David Smith said the event was a show of support by the company and his store for high school bass fishing. “We had two schools (Southern Boone and Helias) that for the last year participated with us to help promote the activity in their schools and because of their participation we invited them to this invitational tournament,” Smith said.

Seven Helias anglers and four Southern Boone anglers competed in the invitational featuring a hole-rotation format. “We separated the lake into four different sections and the kids were in groups,” Smith said. “They spent 30 minutes per section and then rotated to another section.”
The Helias Crusaders won the tournament and a $1,000 scholarship from the Columbia Bass Pro Shops store. The Helias team also swept the following awards: first place total weight, Ethan Johnson; second place, Hudsen Lee; third place, Jared Steinbeck; and big bass, Jacob Welch. The individual award winners received Bass Pro Shops gift cards.

Mexico Bassmasters club members served as weigh-in officials during the competition and cooked hot dogs for the anglers after the event. Club members helping with the tournament were Sid Stephens, Gary Pelzel, Kenny Miller, Brian Jarrett, Duane Mauzey, Geoff Lancaster, John Bleidistel and Mike Wallis.

Smith plans to make the tournament an annual event at the store and wants to add more teams. “We are hoping to continue to sponsor teams and would love to get some Columbia schools involved and a few more of the Jefferson City schools and surrounding area schools,” he said.

Boat Captain Requirements

MSHSAA Boat Captain Requirements

Below is a list of requirements for those wanting to participate as a boat captain with a Missouri High School Fishing Program. For more information, please visit the MSHSAA website.

Boat Captain Rules
1. The boat captain must be over the age of 21.
2. The boat captain must have a valid fishing license.
3. The boat captain must provide proof of current liability insurance. (see insurance requirements)
4. The boat captain must have all required state, license, certifications and trainings.
5. The boat must have all state/coast guard required safety equipment.
6. The boat captain must not exceed the posted occupancy for the vessel.
7. The boat captain or co‐captain must be certified in both First Aid and CPR.
8. The boat captain must be trainee in any special medical conditions of participants.
9. The captain and co‐captain must complete the “Smarter Adults Safer Children” training.
10. The boat captain must carry a fully charged cell phone or other reliable form communication for
11. The boat captain must wear a PFD.
12. The boat captain must wear proper eye protection.
13. The “kill switch” must be attached.
14. The captain must observe all posted speed limit restrictions. If no restrictions are in place, the
maximum speed will be 50 MPH.
15. Boat captains must have the ability to monitor weather conditions.
16. The boat captain must complete a documented boat safety inspection prior to launching the boat

Branson High School Bass Fishing Club Formed

Branson High School Bass Fishing Club formed

January 16th, 2013 by Gary J. Groman

BRANSON, Mo., January 16, 2013 – The Branson area, with its two world class Bassfisheries Table Rock Lake and Bull Shoals Lake, is one of the top bass fishing destinations in the world for bass fishermen and national Bass Fishing Tournament circuits such as BASS, FLW and PAA. Brian Foster, who teaches Government at Branson High School decided to combine a lifelong love of bass fishing with “coaching” to give the students of Branson High School an opportunity to experience the world class bass fishing that is available locally.


The result is his faculty “sponsorship” of the newly formed Branson High School Bass Fishing Club (BHSBFC) which was started about two months ago and has grown to about 15-20 members who meet regularly with the club. Buster Loving is the club’s President and Garrison Gathis is its Vice President. In addition to meetings, Foster hopes to get the kids out bass fishing on a regular basis with the assistance of local bass guides and organizations like the Central Pro-Am Association who is working closely with the club.

Mike Webb the owner of the Central Pro-Am Association (CPAA), a well known regional bass fishing tournament organization and K.A.S.T. (Kids Are Special Too), a fishing program for kids dedicated to offering an outdoor alternative to drugs, said that the CPAA wanted to help sponsor and work with BHSBFC and share the experience of Bass fishing with them. “This is really exciting; being able to help these kids fish and compete is why we started the program. In addition, thanks to CPAA sponsors like Bass Pro, Branson Tourism Center and Branson.Com, the club is receiving a donation of $250.00 in cash from CPAA and a $250.00 gift card from Bass Pro Shops,” he continued.


Central Pro Am Tournament Association and Bass Pro Shops present prizes to Branson High School Fishing Team

Central Pro Am Tournament Association and Bass Pro Shops present prizes to Branson High School Fishing Team

Central Pro Am and Bass Pro Shops presenting the Branson High School Fishing Team with a check for $250.00 and a $250.00 Bass Pro Shops gift card.


Central Pro Am Tournament Association Announces High School Fishing Funding

Central Pro Am Tournament Association Announces High School Fishing Funding

Ozark, MO – January 3, 2013:
Central Pro Am Tournament Association announced today a plan to help support High School fishing programs throughout Missouri and Arkansas.

The plan provides $250 to one local High School fishing program from every Central Pro Am qualifying tournament of the 2013 season including the recent kickoff event on Table Rock Lake in December. “We have supported youth fishing for decades with K.A.S.T. (Kids Are Special Too) and felt it was time for Central Pro Am to do something as well.” Central Pro Am owner Mike Webb said. “The increased number of High School fishing programs has given us an opportunity to do more to support youth fishing. Funds will come from the profit Central Pro Am makes at each event; there will be no effect on angler payback at any of our events.”

High Schools with a fishing team or fishing program are encouraged to contact Central Pro Am Association if they would like to be considered eligible for the funding. High Schools must have a bona fide fishing team or fishing program to be eligible to receive consideration, a detailed description of the program, number of students involved, faculty or parents involved and a brief description of how the money will be used should be sent to . “We don’t want to make this difficult on the school or those involved, we simply need an email describing their program and we will add them to our list of eligible schools.” Webb said. “We will select one school at every qualifying event and award the funds after the tournament is finished.”

“This is an opportunity for Central Pro Am to support fishing at the grass roots level.” Webb stated. “Our next generation of anglers is in high school now and we all need to do more to support these programs. Hopefully the donations made by Central Pro Am will help schools encourage more kids to get into fishing.”

For more information contact Mike Webb at 417-425-7513 or email


Media Release
Sportsman’s Park Center
2500 East Kearney – Springfield, MO 65898 – 417-873-5000


Springfield, MO — May 27, 2011—Bass Pro Shops® is announcing their support of Collegiate Bass Fishing by announcing an incentive program for College anglers who compete in the 2011 College Bass Series, the 2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series, or the 2011 National Guard FLW College Fishing Events.

Collegiate anglers have to display a Bass Pro Shops logo on their fishing team jersey, a Bass Pro Shops decal on their boat and tow vehicle, as well as participate in a qualifying event and they will be eligible for incentive awards up to $2000.

Nitro and Tracker boat owners who fish a qualifying event and display the Nitro or Tracker logo on their jersey are eligible for additional incentives up to $1000.

Bass Pro Shops College Fishing Team members will receive a 25% discount card off Bass Pro branded merchandise.
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Future Fisherman Foundation Student Wins Crappie Masters Youth Tournament

Future Fisherman Foundation Student Wins Crappie Masters Youth Tournament

CLINTON, Mo. (December 9, 2010)—Bass Pro Shops’ recently held its first Youth National Championship at Truman Lake, Missouri, and Tyler Zimmerman of Kansas City, Missouri, representing the (F3), was winner of the 13- to 15-year age group. Tyler was just one of the youth anglers fishing for numerous prizes, including a $4,000 scholarship provided by Crappie Masters and its sponsors.

Last August, the Foundation was invited to select a student from one of its angling education programs to enter the tournament. Teachers from Missouri trained by F3 to implement angling education programs were invited to participate in this exciting event. Bob Dever, educator from Gracemor School in Kansas City, was enthusiastic about helping find the best angler to represent F3 at the tournament. He selected Tyler because Tyler was an enthusiastic student who passed his angling course with flying colors. Tyler’s two siblings also are involved in the Gracemor fishing program and attended the tournament to cheer on their brother.

“Tyler’s parents have been volunteering to assist with our school fishing trips for several years now,” said Dever. “They take angling education one step further by taking their children fishing on weekends to help them practice what they’ve learned in class.” Needless to say, each one of the Zimmerman kids has developed a love of fishing and respect for the environment.

Tyler was selected to fish with pro anglers Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman who helped Tyler with the special techniques used to catch crappie. Tyler weighed in five fish totaling 4.57 pounds to win his age division and receive a trophy and $4,000 college scholarship. Crappie Masters owners Paul Alpers, Bobby Brown and John Mason presented his awards.

“This weekend was so good for Tyler and our family as a whole,” said Tyler’s mother Elizabeth. “We had an opportunity to meet the pros at Friday’s banquet, fished on Saturday in the kid’s derby, and then cheered on Tyler at the youth tournament Sunday. We’ll remember this trip for a lifetime, and now Tyler has a nice scholarship that will help him get a great start in college.”

The Foundation thanks long-time partners Crappie Masters and Bass Pro Shops for including F3 anglers in their tournament this year. All the youths who participated brought home fond memories of fishing on Truman Lake and look forward to the possibility of fishing in next year’s tournament.

Established in 1986, the Future Fisherman Foundation unites the sportfishing industry and a nationwide network of state outdoor educators, national conservation groups and youth organizations dedicated to introducing America’s youth to angling and the outdoors. These efforts help people of all ages have safe and enjoyable fishing experiences that foster conservation ethics. Visit