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STATE-FISH ART CONTEST FEATURES
CHANNEL CAT, DEADLINE MARCH 31
National and state prizes awarded
for students grades 4 through 12
Feb. 4, 2009 - BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. -- Wildlife
Forever has announced that the deadline for entry in its 11th
Annual State-Fish Art Contest is March 31. Through the contest,
students across Kansas and the United States have the opportunity
to win national recognition and prizes while learning about their
local state fish and the conservation of aquatic habitats. The
contest is open to all students in grades 4 through 12. Read
LEHEW LEADS NATIONAL GUARD JUNIOR
Seventy anglers representing 35 states
fishing for a share of $42,000 in scholarships and grants
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (August 4, 2007)
Shane Lehew, 18, of Charlotte, N.C., and Dylan Peppers, 13, of
Good Hope, Ga., are leading the National Guard Junior World Championship
after one day of competition on Lake Hamilton. Held in conjunction
with the $2 million Forrest Wood Cup on nearby Lake Ouachita,
the National Guard Junior World Championship will award $42,000
in scholarships and youth-program grants to the top six competitors
in the 11 to 14 age bracket and top six competitors in the 15
to 18 age bracket. Read
Kids' fishing derby to be at
Topeka's Central Park on August 4, 2007
Kids in the Topeka area will have a chance to go
fishing and maybe win some prizes on August 4. Even if they don't
catch any fish, they will receive a free "fising goodie
bag" just for attending. Kids without fishing poles or bait
will be furnished everything they need. Read
Six-day camp teaches youngsters
outdoor skills and just plain fun
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMP SET FOR ROCKS SPRINGS
May 17, 2007 - Co-sponsored by the Kansas
Wildlife Federation (KWF) and the K-State Cooperative Extension
Service, the Outdoor Adventure Camp (OAC) is a six-day summer
camp for kids who enjoy the outdoors and want to learn more about
it. Now in its 19th year, the event will be held June10-15 at
the Camp WaShunGa area of Rock Springs 4-H Center, near Junction
1.5 million toy fishing poles
because of lead hazard
April 14, 2005 - WASHINGTON - The Associated Press
has reported that about 1.5 million toy fishing poles featuring
the cartoon characters SpongeBob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer,
Tigger and the cast of "Rocket Power" are being recalled
because their paint contains lead, the government said Wednesday.
IT'S TIME TO ORGANIZE A LOCAL
FISHING DERBY FOR KIDS
Qualifying Organizations Receive A Free
Tulsa,Okla - Jan 4, 2005 TULSA, Okla. - Wanted: Adult
volunteers to sponsor local fishing events for kids. That's the
word from the people behind the very successful Wal-Mart Kids
All American Fishing Derby which has launched a program to make
2005 the most successful ever in its 19-year history. In 2004,
more than 330,000 kids from 6 to 16 fished in over 1,800 kids
fishing events. They were held in all 50 states and six foreign
countries. Obviously, to put on that many local events, the national
organizers need help. That's where adult volunteers come in.
Civic groups, fishing clubs, churches, parks departments and
other recognized organizations provide volunteers to get the
word out, sign up the kids, supervise the event, award the prizes,
and generally have a great time.
Hooked on Fishing International, the Tulsa, Okla.
organization that oversees the national program for Wal-Mart,
has prepared its biggest and best free fishing derby kit to qualifying
groups. There is still time for interested groups to beat the
deadline for becoming part of the 2005 program. Simply go to
the Web site - www.kids-fishing.com -- and click on the "Organize
a derby" tab. The application requests the location and
date of the event, plus the expected number of young anglers.
The fishing derby kit contains virtually everything needed to
organize and conduct a kids fishing event, including a how-to
handbook, event promotion materials, fishing items, and other
goodies for each young angler, and even prizes for the winners.
Most events are half-day in length, beginning in the morning
and ending at noon, with snacks or food items being served.
Throughout its history, the Kids All-American Fishing
Derby program has received strong support from state fish and
game departments, the U. S. Forest Service, parks and recreation
departments, chambers of commerce, YMCAs, fishing clubs, scouting
groups, and civic and service organizations such as the Optimists,
Lions, Kiwanis, and Elks.
YOUTH FISHING PROGRAM ANNOUNCES 2003 WINNERS
300,000 young anglers
in the Wal-Mart Kids All American Fishing Derby
DEC. 1, 2003 - KETCHUM, Okla.
Producers of the Wal-Mart Kids
All American Fishing Derby announced that Riley Horgan, 12, of
Minnetrista, MN, and Rio Kadake, 10, Kake, AK, have been named
freshwater and saltwater national grand prize winners of the
Fujifilm "Big Fish" Contest. Read Complete Story
Wisconsin, Illinois Boys
Wins 2003 BASSMASTER CastingKids Competition
by BASS Communications/ BASS
2003 CastingKids Winners - Michael Howard in 11-14 year old
and Jonny Schultz in the 7-10 years old competition.
(Aug. 02, 2003 - NEW ORLEANS, LA)... While the world's
top bass anglers were fishing for the sport's world championship
on the sprawling Louisiana Delta Saturday, 10 children were indoors
pitching, flipping and casting for titles of their own at the
Bassmaster CastingKids National Finals presented by Chevy Trucks
and CITGO. The finals were held in conjunction with the CITGO
Bassmaster Classic. Read Complete Story
Everybody's a Winner at the
World's Largest Fishing Event for Kids. And Some Win Twice.
May 14, 2003 - KETCHUM, Okla. The people
who organize the world's largest fishing program for young anglers
proudly brag that "everybody's a winner." And this
year, they will also tell you, some young people will win twice.
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WORLD'S LARGEST KIDS FISHING DERBY PROGRAM EXPANDING
U.S. Military Bases
Take Kids Fishing Program to New Level
Feb 16, 2003 KETCHUM, Okla. This year the
Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby program will take its
fishing events beyond the lakes and rivers of the United States.
Casting across the world's two biggest ponds, the Atlantic
and Pacific, organizers have scheduled derbies for 2003 at U.S.
bases in Japan, Korea, Germany and England. Read Complete Story
KIDS PLUS FISHING EQUAL SNAPSHOT SMILES
Statistics tell the story of the 2002 Wal-Mart
Kids All American Fishing Derbies
December 26, 2002 - KETCHUM, Okla. Who ever
said that statistics were dry didn't know about the world's largest
kids fishing program, the Wal-Mart Kids All American Fishing
Derbies. Godon Holland shares the 2002 stats from the ponds of
play for 250,000 young anglers ages 5 to 16 participating in
the over 1,500 individual events held nationwide. Read Complete Story
KIDS WIN BASSMASTER CASTINGKIDS
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.,-July 26, 2002-While the
52 B.A.S.S. pros competed on Lay Lake for the sport's world title,
ten aspiring young anglers went casting for championship titles
of their own at the BASSMASTERS CastingKids National Finals,
presented by Chevy Trucks and CITGO.
The two champions are Benjamin Tawney, 10, of Parkton,
N.C., and Rex Rodanas, 12, of Bedford, N.H. Tawney scored a total
of 130 points to win the 7-10 age division while Rodanas scored
140 points to gain the 11-14 championship.
Tawney, a two-time North Carolina state CastingKids
champion, was in his element at the championship held concurrently
with the CITGO BASSMASTERS Classic. He wants to one day become
a professional angler and compete alongside the pros when he
Rodanas has already reached pro status in the CastingKids
program. In 1998, he lost the championship title in a tie-breaking
cast-off when he was 8 years old. Since 1997, he has won six
New Hampshire state championships and qualified five times for
the national semifinals.
"It feels good to finally win it," he
said. "I really worked hard to get here and am glad my sister
was here to see me win it. It's really neat that we were the
first two siblings to make it this far in the B.A.S.S. organization."
Rodanas' sister Vanessa competed in the 7-10 age
division and placed fifth with a score of 90 points. Both siblings
are spirited competitors in the sport of fencing as well.
The champions in each division earned $5,000 scholarship
awards for their achievements. Overall, $20,000 in academic scholarship
funds was awarded at the national championship.
Taking second place in the 7-10 division was Arkansas'
Sara Paxton with a score of 120 points. Jeffrey Reeder of Washington
State and Minnesota's Joshua Erickson both scored 110 points
but Reeder won the tie breaker to place third.
Former CastkingKids national champion C.J. Shirey
of Alabama scored 130 points to earn second place in the 11-14
division. After three finalists tied with 120 points, Gregory
Gutierrez Jr. of California took third. Kody McCollam, another
former national champion, was fourth. Missouri's Chris Smreker
CastingKids competitions divide youngsters into
two age groups, 7-10 and
11-14. The events, which are set up similar to the NFL's Pass,
Punt and Kick
contests, have the youngsters compete in the fundamentals of
pitching and casting a hookless lure into a bull's-eye-style
are awarded based on distance from the center. Each competitor
is given two
chances to flip, pitch and cast, with the highest score from
added together for a total score. The highest possible total
is 150 points.
CastingKids began in 1991 as a means of promoting
fishing to youths. Since then, the B.A.S.S. program has reached
more than 1 million kids and awarded $2 million in scholarships
to the winners.
The Classic is much more than just the crowning
event of the CITGO BASSMASTER Tournament Trail. Classic Week
is the annual celebration of the sport of bass fishing that attracts
B.A.S.S. members and other fishing fans from across the country,
who come to meet their fishing heroes, attend the weigh-ins and
participate in youth and other fan-friendly events.
The launch venue for the event will be Paradise
Point Marina. The exciting CITGO BASSMASTERS Classic weigh-in
show and the Classic Outdoor Show will take place in the Birmingham-Jefferson
Civic Center. With the exception of the launch site, all of the
venues for the event are located in close proximity.
ESPN and ESPN2 will offer same-day coverage of
the Classic during the last three days of its Bass Week programs,
which will air from 5-6 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2 July 22-24; 4-6 p.m.
on ESPN2 July 25 and 26; and 7-11:30 a.m. on ESPN2 and 7-8 p.m.
on ESPN July 27.
By sanctioning over 20,000 tournaments worldwide
through its B.A.S.S. Federation, B.A.S.S. is the world's largest
fishing organization. The CITGO BASSMASTER Tournament Trail is
the oldest and most prestigious pro bass fishing tournament circuit.
It continues to set the standard for credibility, professionalism,
and sportsmanship after more than three decades. B.A.S.S. is
a wholly owned subsidiary of ESPN.
Sponsors of the 2002 CITGO BASSMASTERS Classic
include: CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Chevrolet Trucks, Mercury
Marine, Yamaha Outboards, Triton Boats, Skeeter Boats, Lowrance
Electronics, Flowmaster Exhaust Systems, Kumho Tires, Long John
Silver's, MotorGuide Trolling Motors, Bass Pro Shops, Armstrong
Industrial Hand Tools, and B.A.S.S. Platinum Visa/First USA.
Associate Sponsors include Bass Cat Boats and G3
The 2002 CITGO BASSMASTERS Classic will be presented
locally by the State of Alabama, City of Birmingham, Jefferson
County and Shelby County.
Youth Team Kansas Takes 4th
Kansas angler takes National title
July 18, 2002 - The Kansas Youth Team fished the Nanticoke
in Laurel Delaware. The river was almost high tide when
they blasted off at 7 am, it still had about a foot and half
go, then by the time the 3 o'clock weigh in it had fallen 4ft.
Most of the kids took the information they had from the adults
and what they had learned in one day of pre-fishing (current
All six anglers caught fish, Sam Randles, Chelsey McDonald, Cassidy
accounted for 8 fish but none of them were big enough to weigh.
Ryan Smith, Will Skucius, James Hoover brought in the teams 11
for a team weight of 16.75.
There was only 5 limits brought in, Ryan and Will had 2 of the
Will Skucius of Sterling Ks. 5 fish limit weighed 5.96 and was
5th. Ryan Smith of Maize Ks. 5 fish limit weighed 9.01 and crowned
Bassmaster National Champion.
He beat out a youth from Vermont who had 8.99.
The team event top 5 went like this:
Team Ontario / Canada took top honors with 21.01
Team Delaware took 2nd with 20.32
Team New Jersey took 3rd with 17.06
Team Kansas took 4th with 16.75
Team Ohio took 5th with 14.08
The Team all got plaques for 4th place, the kids really put it
themselves since none of the youths fish with a boater from their
own state. They were at the mercy of a youth from another state
and a boater from another state.
KIDS ARE BIG SHOTS AT CITGO
Kids Classic Just Part of the Week's Youth
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., July 16, 2002 - B.A.S.S.
has long recognized the importance of family participation and
getting young people immersed in the sport of fishing. And nowhere
is that more on display than the annual CITGO BASSMASTERS Classic.
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Brother, Sister among 10 Youths
for National Casting Championship
Kansan Chris Smreker places fourth in
11-14 age group
SHREVEPORT, La.-April 20, 2002-Rex and Vanessa
Rodanas are siblings with a common cause. Both are among 10 youths
between the ages of 7 and 14 who have qualified for the BASSMASTER
CastingKids National Championship presented by CITGO and Chevy
Trucks. Read Complete Story
"DERBY LOCATOR" HELPS
KIDS FIND NEAREST FISHING EVENT
Hooked On Fishing International Announces Web
To Help Match Young Anglers To Nearby Fishing Opportunities
KETCHUM, OK - April 19, 2002 - Hooked on
Fishing International has
announced a newly-designed web site - www.kids-fishing.com --
with its expanded series of Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing
Among the new features of the web site is a "Derby Locator"
which HOFI says will match up young anglers with approximately
events. "We're growing so fast we had to find a way to match
events, and the Derby Locator is our matchmaker," said Gordon
executive director. "Simply go to the website and enter
your zip code and
the Derby Locator will search the database of derbies and list
event, location, the name of the contact person and his or her
phone number," said Holland. Read Complete Story
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