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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.

Teen Anglers Championship slated for Table Rock Lake

Kimberling City, Mo.—More than 300 high school and middle school students are expected to compete in the Teen Anglers 2016 Championship June 18-19 at Table Rock Lake.

Teen Anglers Vice President J.P. Sell noted all of the registration forms are not in yet, but he predicts more than 180 two-angler teams will be competing in the championship. “We have 54 schools actively involved with our program this year,” Sell said.

This will be the second time the Teen Anglers circuit visits Table Rock Lake. The circuit held a qualifying event at Table Rock April 17 when Ozark High School anglers Brennan Banks and Sawyer Collins caught a five-fish limit weighing 17.24 pounds to win the high school division of the tournament.

Table Rock bass are moving out and settling into a “typical summer pattern” of suspending over deeper water, according to Table Rock guide Mike Webb.

“There are a few fish still in that 10- to 15-foot range,” Webb said. “The best fish are coming on topwater lures early over trees and on spoons in deeper docks. But the numbers are coming on drop shot rigs 30 to 40 feet deep.”
Heavy rains have stained the waters up lake from Indian Point and in all of Long Creek. “The tournament in my opinion will be won in the White River arm from Baxter to Shell Knob,” Webb said.

For more details on the Teen Anglers circuit, visit www.teenanglers.net or e-mail teenanglers@lews.com.

Teen Anglers ready to fish Stockon

John Neporadny
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Teen Anglers ready to fish Stockon

Stockton, Mo.—The timing could be perfect for bass fishing when the final qualifying tournament of the Teen Anglers circuit arrives May 22 at Stockton Lake.

Jimmy Davis of Willard notes largemouth bass should be shallow during the tournament for high school and middle school anglers. “We are still seeing a few spawners and I think there will be another wave when it gets close to the full moon (May 21) so the second wave of the spawn should come on then,” Davis said.

The tournament veteran reports the water temperature is ranging from 68 to 73 degrees and the lake level is “a little high” with some shoreline bushes in the water

“Bass fishing has been pretty good,” Davis said. “Topwater should be a real strong suit for everybody. Fishing shallow around the edges of the bushes and stuff should produce a lot of fish whether they are throwing a shaky head or flipping some sort of bait. They are probably going to catch some fish out on the points as well.“

Republic High School’s Gerald Snook and Josh Perkins won last year’s Teen Anglers tournament at Stockton with a five-fish limit weighing 14.13 pounds and earned the first big bass award with a 6.49-pound largemouth. They caught all of their fish during the April event on shaky heads with Strike King Zeroes.

Teen Anglers, Inc. was created last year as a circuit for high school fishing clubs to compete in three qualifying bass tournaments with a championship in June. The circuit was originally open to Missouri high school students but membership has been expanded to middle and high school students from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas. The next Teen Angler event will be the circuit’s championship set for June 18 and 19 at a site to be announced after the Stockton tournament.

For more information about Teen Anglers, visit www.teenanglers.net or e-mail teenanglers@lews.com.

Teen Angler Table Rock April Photo Gallery

Missouri Teen Anglers Fishing at Table Rock Lake

Ozark High anglers win at Table Rock

By John Neporadny Jr.

Kimberling City, Mo.—Relying on a lure they rarely throw paid off in a victory for Ozark High School anglers Brennan Banks and Sawyer Collins during the Teen Anglers bass tournament April 17 at Table Rock Lake.

Banks and Collins caught all six of their keepers on Keitech swimbaits and finished the day with a five-fish limit weighing 17.24 pounds to win the high school division of the Teen Anglers event. Banks also caught the tournament’s biggest bass, a 6.11-pound largemouth.

Both anglers admitted they seldom throw a swimbait at Table Rock. “I know a lot of people who do (fish a swimbait) but I haven’t done it a lot here,” Banks said.

Ozark High School’s Brennan Banks (left) and Sawyer Collins won the Teen Anglers tournament April 17 at Table Rock Lake.

Ozark High School’s Brennan Banks (left) and Sawyer Collins won the Teen Anglers tournament April 17 at Table Rock Lake.

Collins noted he has thrown swimbaits on Alabama rigs in the past, but it was the first time he had used a single bait on a jighead. “We didn’t get a lot of bites but all the fish we caught were quality ones,” said Collins, who caught one of the team’s keepers. “My issue was a confidence issue. I wasn’t really confident throwing the bait so I didn’t really feel like I was going to catch the fish.”

The Ozark High anglers fished the day before but had little success on the swimbait pattern in practice. “It was just something we kind of figured out (during the tournament),” Banks said. They threw their swimbaits along bluff ends and windy points were bass were holding at depths of 8 to 12 feet.

Running square-bill crankbaits into shallow wood on the Kings River arm produced a 15.24-pound limit and a second-place finish for Parkview High’s Riley Rathbun and Devon Rathbun. The brothers had to miss practice because they had baseball games the day before the tournament, so they just relied on a pattern that has produced for them in the past at Table Rock.

Parkview High School brothers Riley (left) and Devon Rathbun finished in second place at the Teen Anglers tournament April 17 at Table Rock Lake.

Parkview High School brothers Riley (left) and Devon Rathbun finished in second place at the Teen Anglers tournament April 17 at Table Rock Lake.

Riley noted they caught all of their fish on black-and-chartreuse or citrus shad square-bill crankbaits that they ran by wood cover along pea gravel banks about 2 feet deep. “The closer we got it to the wood the better off we were,” he said.
They retrieved their crankbaits at a medium speed, according to Devon. “We wanted it to hit (the wood) somewhat hard but we didn’t want to burn it by them too fast,” he said.

Finishing third with a 15.21-pound limit was the Logan-Rogersville team of Trevor Booth and Jonah Popa. “We just kept on the same thing and kept keying on the little things,” Booth said.

Keying on bluff banks, Booth and Popa worked tube baits on 3/8-ounce jigheads 3 to 7 feet deep to catch 10 keepers throughout the day. ”We just fished the tube like we would a jig,” Booth said.

Logan-Rogersville High School anglers Trevor Booth (left) and Jonah Popa took third place in the Teen Anglers tournament April 17 at Table Rock Lake.

Logan-Rogersville High School anglers Trevor Booth (left) and Jonah Popa took third place in the Teen Anglers tournament April 17 at Table Rock Lake.


“It’s not really a pattern for this time of year so we were catching them on more of a summer jigging pattern,” Popa said.

In the middle school competition, Sam Englemeyer of Logan-Rogersville won the tournament with two fish weighing 4.91 pounds. Second place went to Lincoln’s Hayden Beamen with two fish at 4.39 pounds and Andrew Sell of Logan-Rogersville took third with two fish totaling 4.34.

The tournament drew 171 boats representing 50 Missouri high schools. The field included approximately 320 high school anglers and 26 middle school competitors.

The final qualifying event of the Teen Anglers regular season will be held May 22 at Stockton Lake. For more details on the Teen Anglers circuit, visit www.teenanglers.net or e-mail teenanglers@lews.com.

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
emergencies.
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

Republic High anglers win Fall Classic

Missouri High School Fall Classic Bass Tournament

Republic High anglers win Fall Classic
By John Neporadny Jr.

Osage Beach, Mo.—Despite a bluebird sky and bright sunshine, Republic High School anglers Brandon Durr and Hunter Gill stuck with a topwater pattern all day to win the first Missouri High School Fall Classic bass tournament Sunday, Oct. 26 at Lake of the Ozarks.
Durr and Gill weighed in a five-fish limit totaling 12.82 pounds to earn the first-place prize of $5,000 in scholarship money. “The tournament was pretty fun,” Durr said. “It was different for me because this was only the third time I have been on this lake. We practiced hard and fished even harder today. We got lucky and found a pattern and stuck with it.”

Republic High School anglers Brandon Durr and Hunter Gill won the first Missouri High School Fall Classic bass tournament at Lake of the Ozarks and earned $5,000 in scholarship money.

Republic High School anglers Brandon Durr and Hunter Gill won the first Missouri High School Fall Classic bass tournament at Lake of the Ozarks and earned $5,000 in scholarship money.

Gill noted he also had limited experience on Lake of the Ozarks. “I haven’t been on this lake much either,” he said. “We did pretty well in practice with buzz baits and just kind of copied that. We followed the shade (on competition day), which was a huge key later in the day.”
The Republic team steadily retrieved black War Eagle buzz baits along rocky banks with laydowns near the main lake. Gill estimated they triggered about seven or eight bites throughout the day and caught six keepers.

The tournament drew 88 two-man teams (accompanied by an adult boat captain) from 25 Missouri high schools. Scholarship money and prizes awarded to the high school anglers were donated by the following sponsors: Ranger Boats, Lew’s, Academy Sports and Outdoors, BassingBob.com, Anglers in Action, University of Missouri Bass Club, Fitz Fishing, Missouri Division of Tourism, P-Line, Creme Lures, Vicious Fishing, Midwest Fishing Tackle and Pin Oak Specialties, LLC.

Other Top Ten finishers winning scholarship money included Tad Mitchell and Garrett Jernigan of Logan-Rogersville High School, second place, 8.99 pounds, $4,000; Dalton Combs and Ethan VanHorn, Ozark High, third, 8.48, $3,500; Heath Renno and Corbin Mertgen, Lincoln High, fourth, 8.20, $3,000; Gavin White and Riley Fletcher, Cassville High, fifth, 7.54, $2,500; Ren Witte and Luke Ruprecht, Eureka High, sixth, 7.16, $2,000; Jacob Sauer and Bruno Tesoro, Affton High, seventh, 6.71, $1,500; Brock Andreasen and Mitch Bohon, Camdenton High, eighth, 6.56, $1,300; Grant Renken and Bryce Easter, Joplin High, ninth, 6.50, $1,200; Cody Huff and Colten Levan, Ava High, 10th, 6.28, $1,000.

The Lew’s Big Bass Awards went to Hillcrest High School’s Brady Angel and Colton Stocker for catching the big bass of the event weighing 5.35 pounds to win $750 in scholarship money, while Republic’s Durr and Gill had the second big bass of 4.29, $500 scholarship; and Logan-Rogersville’s Mitchell and Jernigan, had the third big bass of 4.14, $250 scholarship.

During the weigh-in awards ceremony, three $500 scholarships from BassingBob.com and a $300 scholarship from Anglers in Action were given away as draw prizes to contestants who fell short of the Top 10.

The tournament was monitored by the Missouri State High School Activities Association since bass fishing is an emerging activity for Missouri high schools.

Information on how to start a high school fishing club is available at www.mshsaa.org, www.missourihighschoolanglers.org and www.bassslammertackle.com.

McKendree Signs 11 for First Bass Fishing Team

McKendree Signs 11 for First Bass Fishing Team

Lebanon –McKendree University head bass fishing coach Jon Rinderer announced the first 11 signee’s in program history on Monday.

The roster includes freshmen Austin Chapman, of Meridian High School; Charlie Kreke, of Carlyle High School; Curtis Lilly, of Sterling High School; Brian McClanahan, of Elverado High School; and Trenton Robinson, of Lewistown High School; sophomores Reece Ellerbusch, of Massac County High School; and Derrik Starrett, of Alton Marquette High School; and juniors Adam Brookman, of Mount Vernon High School; Elliot Emann, of Washington (Mo.) High School; Phillip Germagliotti, of Highland High School; and Dustin Pendegraft. of Lebanon High School.

“With the end of summer comes the beginning for the McKendree Bass Fishing program,” said Rinderer. “I’m very excited about our new program and can’t wait for these anglers to have the opportunity to participate in a variety of Invitational Tournaments, as well as the FLW and Cabela’s BoatUS Bass Fishing Circuits.

” Our roster includes great fishermen from all over the state and they all have impressive lists of accomplishments that are sure to benefit our team. I’m really looking forward to working with this great group of young men as we get ready for our first invitational tournament at Carlyle Lake, on Oct. 12.”

On March 27, McKendree University announced the addition of bass fishing as its 24th sport. The program is funded by the university and does offer. The program will compete at various collegiate tournaments throughout the midwest and south, and will also host tournaments on Carlyle Lake in Carlyle.

Here’s a look at the McKendree signees:

* Austin Chapman, freshman, Meridian High School in Blue Mound. Chapman was a sectional champion on Lake Shelbyville as a senior at Meridian High School and won the Edinburg Invitational on Lake Taylorville as a senior. He also won the Montgomery Bass Club open tournament on Sangchris Lake as a senior and helped lead the Hawks to a third-place finish in the state tournament on Carlyle Lake as a senior. He .claimed Big Bass titles at the Lake Shelbyville sectional as a senior (4.96 pounds) and at the Hawk Open on Lake Shelbyville as a junior (4.83 pounds). He finished as runner-up at the Hawk Open as a junior…finished in seventh place in the Bass Federation state tournament on Lake Shelbyville and was a three-time sectional qualifier at Meridian High School. Chapman has numerous top three finishes and Big Bass awards in Assumption Bass Club tournaments held at Lake Shelbyville, Jim Edgar Panther Creek Prairie Lake, Lake Decatur, Lake Jacksonville, and Clinton Lake. He finished 2012 with the highest average per bass in the club.

“Austin brings several strong fishing techniques to our team,” Rinderer said. “He is a great jig and worm fisherman, and he specializes in shaky-head and sight fishing.”

* Charlie Kreke, freshman, Carlyle High School of Carlyle. He is a member of the Carlyle High School Bass Club.

“Charlie’s knowledge of Carlyle Lake will be a huge asset to our team,” Rinderer said. “His favorite approaches are fishing crankbaits and spinnerbaits.”

* Curtis Lilly, freshman, Sterling High School of Sterling. Lilly was a two-year member of the Sterling High School bass fishing team and helped lead his team to a third place sectional finish and competed at the state championship. He primarily fishes Carlton Lake and Pool 13 on the Mississippi River.

“Curtis helped Sterling to a third place finish in the sectional and qualified for the state tournament,” Rinderer said. “He specializes in the use of jigs, worms, and crankbaits.

* Brian McClanahan, freshman, Elverado High School in Elkville. He was a four-year captain of the Elverado High School bass fishing team and helped lead the Falcons to championship finishes as a freshman and senior, and runner-up finishes as a sophomore and junior at the Marion Wildcat Invitational championship. He led the Falcons to a third place finish as a junior and a fourth place finish as a senior at the sectional tournament and finished as the runner-up as a junior at the state championship at Carlyle Lake. He was a two-time Big Bass winner at the Marion Wildcat Invitational.

“Brian brings an incredible personal resume of fishing accomplishments to our program,” Rinderer said. “He is very well versed in all types of fishing techniques and specializes in off shore deep water fishing.”

* Trenton Robinson, freshman, Lewistown High School of Havana. Robinson placed fifth in the Thursday Night Bassers tournament at Lakeland Park.

“Trenton’s strengths are jigging and worming heavy cover,” Rinderer said. “He especially loves to entice bass with a topwater frog. He can really make that frog dance.”

* Reece Ellerbusch, a sophomore, Massac County High School in Belknap. He frimarily fishes Smithland Pool and Mermet Lake.

“Reece is well versed in all types of presentations,” Rinderer said. “His favorites are pitchin’, flippin’, spinnerbaits, and finesse fishing. He is fantastic with a little Mojo Rig. His experience on rivers will be a great asset to our team.”

* Derrik Starrett, ophomore, Alton Marquette High School, from Brighton. Primarily fishes Otter Lake.

“Derrik has spent many hours on Otter Lake,” Rinderer said. “His best technique is the jig and pig. We look forward to having his competitive personality on our team.”

* Adam Brookman, junior, Mount Vernon High School, from Opdyke. He competes regularly in Rend Lake Sporting Goods Wednesday Night Tournaments on Rend Lake. He has two top three finishes at the Joe Prusacki Memorial Bass Tournament on DuQuoin CIty Lake and Crab Orchard Lake and claimed the championship at the 2011 Rend Lake Lunkerbuster Bass Club tournament at Rend Lake. He placed 35th at the 2011 Midwest Bass Classic on Crab Orchard Lake and placed third at the Annual Tamaroa Booster Club tournament on DuQuoin City Lake in 2009. He finished fifth in the Pinckneyville High School Athletics Fundraiser tournament on DuQuoin City Lake in 2010.

“Adam’s very confident in all techniques with a special knack for crankbaits and Carolina rigs,” Rinderer said. “He has spent many hours on Newton Lake, as well as Rend Lake. His versatility and experience on Rend Lake will be a great asset as we begin to fish Carlyle Lake, a lake very similar to Rend Lake.”

* Elliot Emann, junior, Washington High School in Washington, Mo. He has lots of experience fishing Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock Lake, Mark Twain Lake, Carlyle Lake, and also various rivers.

“Elliot brings many years of fishing experience to our team,” Rinderer said. “He has spent many hours on Lake of the Ozarks and will be a great source of knowledge when we head to this lake. He specializes in structure fishing and excels at pitching a jig and throwing crankbaits.”

* Phillip Germagliotti, junior, Highland High School in Highland. He was a two-year member of the Highland High School Bass Fishing team…helped lead the Bulldogs to a third place finish at the sectional qualifier and a 15th place finish at the state championship.

“Phillip is very suited to both shallow and deep water fishing,” Rinderer said. “His best techniques are jigging and shaky-head fishing. Since completing high school, he has also won many open tournaments.”

* Dustin Pendegraft, junior, Lebanon High School, from Summerfield. Pendegraft primarily fishes smaller summer tournaments at Rend Lake.

“Dustin didn’t have the opportunity to fish on a high school team, but he has logged many hours on the water fishing for largemouth bass,” Rinderer said. “He works hard and is continually seeking knowledge and honing his skills to be an incredible fisherman. He has spent his practice time on Carlyle and East Fork Lakes. His work ethic will help push our team to higher limits.”

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.

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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.

Credit: Branson.com

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.

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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 tournament@centralpro-am.com . “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 tournament@centralpro-am.com

BASS PRO SHOPS ANNOUNCES COLLEGIATE BASS FISHING INCENTIVE PROGRAM

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2500 East Kearney – Springfield, MO 65898 – 417-873-5000

BASS PRO SHOPS® ANNOUNCES COLLEGIATE BASS FISHING INCENTIVE PROGRAM

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.
For additional information, visit www.basspro.com/collegefishing

About Bass Pro Shops Group:
Bass Pro Shops -56 retail stores in 26 states and Canada visited by over 100 million people annually, international catalog and internet retailing, American Rod & Gun wholesale division selling to over 7,000 independently owned retail stores worldwide, Outdoor World Incentives also selling Bass Pro Shops gift cards through over 132,000 retail outlets across America and a restaurant division with 26 locations.
For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops store locations, products or special events, please visit www.basspro.com. To request a free catalog call 1-800-BASS PRO.

Tracker Marine Group – Manufactures and sells Tracker, Nitro, SunTracker, Tahoe, Grizzly, and Mako boats through Bass Pro Shops retail stores and dealers worldwide. For more information go to www.trackermarine.com.

Resort Group – Big Cedar Lodge and other resort properties including restaurants and golf course. For more information go to www.big-cedar.com, www.bigcedarwildernessclub.com, or www.dogwoodcanyon.com

Contact: Larry Whiteley (417) 873-5022 lwhiteley@basspro.com
Katie Mitchell (417) 873-5618 kamitchell@basspro.com
Jenna Kendall (417) 873-5059 jmkendall@basspro.com

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 www.futurefisherman.org.

Pure Fishing Invests In Future Fisherman

Pure Fishing Invests In Future Fisherman

Columbia, S.C. (July 28, 2010) – Reading, writing, and arithmetic seem a bit passé. Students today study anything from engineering to Mozart to interior design. Even fishing and conservation are on the curriculum in public schools with the help of the Future Fisherman Foundation and a grant from Pure Fishing.

“Pure Fishing is actively involved with youth aquatic education,” said David Lund, Vice President of Marketing -The Americas. “We are dedicated to engaging the public in fishing and conservation education and programs. We believe it is our responsibility to recruit new anglers. Bringing fishing opportunities to high school and middle school students is one way to fulfill that mission.”

Recent studies have shown that if a person does not engage in fishing activities by the age of 18, chances are they will never develop an interest. The Future Fisherman Foundation helps public, private and charter schools incorporate the benefits and rewards of fishing, boating and aquatic conservation activities into their school curriculum. Training and resources are available to school-based programs for grades K-12.

“Pure Fishing’s generous donation will enable us to teach our curriculum to educators who want to incorporate youth fishing activities into their learning programs,” said Foundation Executive Director Keith Sutton. “It also will allow us to begin creating online training opportunities that give educators a head start at implementing new programs in their communities. Without Pure Fishing’s support, this wouldn’t have been possible. We’re very appreciative they’ve shown leadership in supporting youth fishing education programs throughout the U.S.”

Pure Fishing also is supporting the Foundation’s newprogram, which is designed to provide reasonably priced tackle for use by youngsters learning how to fish.

“Qualified educators who sign up for the program can purchase rods, reels, fly-fishing tackle, accessories and more from a portfolio of Pure Fishing brands that includes Shakespeare, Berkley, Stren, Pflueger, Mitchell, Johnson and more,” said Teresa Rodriguez, the Foundation’s Director of Education.

Students in classrooms across America are learning everything from fish anatomy to how to bait hooks thanks to the Future Fisherman Foundation grant program. And with support from industry leaders like Pure Fishing, next year more students will be heading to the pond for final exams.

For more information on the popular fishing tackle brands from Pure Fishing, visit http://purefishing.com

To learn more about the Future Fisherman Foundation go to http://futurefisherman.org

About Pure Fishing, Inc.
Pure Fishing, Inc. is a leading global provider of fishing tackle, lures, rods and reels with a portfolio of brands that includes Abu Garcia®, All Star®, Berkley®, Fenwick®, Gulp!®, Mitchell®, Penn®, Pflueger®, SevenStrand®, Shakespeare®, SpiderWire®, Stren®, Trilene® and Ugly Stik®. With operations in 19 countries and a dedicated workforce conversant in 28 languages, Pure Fishing, Inc. is part of Jarden Outdoor Solutions, a leader in developing outdoor and active lifestyle products and a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation. Additional information can be found at http://purefishing.com

About the Future Fisherman Foundation
Established in 1986, F3 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 www.futurefisherman.org.

Lindy Supports Future Fisherman Foundation

Lindy Supports Future Fisherman Foundation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 6, 2010) – Lindy Legendary Fishing Tackle has joined forces with the Future Fisherman Foundation (F3) to help foster the sport of fishing for generations to come.

“Lindy believes in the Foundation and its programs, and felt that as a leader in the fishing industry, we should do our part to help introduce the next generation of anglers to the sport,” said Chris Gulstad, Lindy’s public relations manager.

To that end, the company is offering F3-accredited educators – including Physh Ed teachers, Boys and Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts leaders and Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs leaders’ premium Thill Fish’n Foam and Round-A-Bout bobbers at significant discounts when purchased through F3’s new Tackle For Educators program. New for 2010, the lineup of colorful foam and plastic floats is available in a variety of shapes and sizes perfect for panfish and other youth-friendly species.

Lindy’s folding rod totes, each of which carries 4 to 6 rod-and-reel combos, also will be available through F3’s Tackle for Educators program.

“Thill bobbers and Lindy rod totes will certainly help our teachers as they give kids hands-on fishing experience,” said F3 executive director Keith Sutton. “Since its inception in 1986, the Foundation has provided fishing education programs for more than 1 million children nationwide. This wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of companies like Lindy and the customers who buy their products. Working together we can continue that tradition and ensure today’s kids are tomorrow’s anglers. That’s a goal worth striving for.”

To learn more about Lindy fishing products, visit the company’s website at www.lindyfishingtackle.com. Details on the Future Fisherman Foundation’s new Tackle for Educators program are available at www.futurefisherman.org.

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.