Gopher Bassmasters is dedicated to America's youth and to the future of bass fishing and its resources. And since kids are the future of this great sport, B.A.S.S. developed the BASSMASTER CastingKids program in 1991 and eventually joined hands with other great sponsors to make it the most successful youth fishing program in the world. Open to young people in two age groups, 7-10 and 11-14, the goals of this competition are to involve America's youth in fishing and to foster in each participant an appreciation and concern for our outdoors.
BASSMASTER CastingKids competitions are similar to the old NFL punt, pass, and kick events, except the challenge is to flip, pitch and cast. These are three very important skills everyone needs to know in order to catch fish. Scoring is based on a point system so the young angler with the most points wins! In only ten years of existence, the BASSMASTER CastingKids has reached over one million children and given away over $2,000,000 in cash, prizes, and scholarships. Through the CastingKids program, B.A.S.S. is able to uphold its commitment and dedication to youth and the future of bass fishing and its resources.
Gopher Bassmasters has held at least one local CastingKids event every year since 1993. It has been a huge success on a local level and we take exceptional pride in the happiness and joy that the young competitors enjoy from these events. Gopher Bassmasters & B.A.S.S. is proud of the success of this program, and we know that you, too, will find it to be rewarding.
Boat Ramp Cleanup
While we are not a large club, we always seem to draw a respectable crowd of spectators when we set up the tubs, scales, and tournament board for the official weigh-in of the fish. Following the weigh-in, we pass out garbage bags and fan out in all directions picking up the trash that the less sensitive users of the facility seem to always leave behind. The spectators hanging around always seem to be amazed that a bunch of bass fishermen will take the time to pick up their own trash, let alone someone else’s. From the comments we receive, they (the locals) are more used to tournament bass fishermen being less than courteous and often never giving anything back to the lake or the surrounding area.
Our experience with this phenomena carried through for reaming five club tournaments and was so successful that we have adopted it as standard practive. Not only are we doing our part in cleaning up the lake environment, we feel that this in one of the most positive things that we can ever do to repair and even improve the image of tournament bass fishermen. We will continue to support the other environmental projects that come along from time to time, but this will continue to be our "signature" project.
Gopher Bassmaster’s would like to invite all bass clubs to try this at on tournament. It only takes about 10 minutes with everyone participating and we can guarantee that the local folks will appreciate us all a whole lot more. Without a doubt, this is a win-win situation for everyone.
Larry Peterson Memorial Award
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