For one, all the State Federation Conservation Directors gather to exchange ideas, share information and work together to get things done on state and national levels, this is really important, as they are doing a great job to protect the resources that we and outdoorsmen enjoy so much. They do fantastic work for protecting fishing for our children.
Speaking of children, there are two big youth events that coincide with Classic week as well. First is the Casting Kids World Championship. This is where 12 of the brightest and potential future stars of bass fishing (ages 7-14), who will compete for $21,000 in scholarships during the Bassmaster CastingKids finals and championship in conjunction with the CITGO Bassmaster Classic, Feb. 24-26, on Lake Tohopekaliga in Kissimmee, Fla. The CastingKids program was developed in 1991 to teach the fundamental techniques of bass fishing to children, with competitions that focus on pitching, flipping and casting a hookless lure at a bull's-eye target. The 12 finalists this year advanced through local, state and national semi-final levels and will now compete in the finals representing six divisions of the country.
There is also Jr. Bass Fishing World Championship, which is bascily the Jr. Classic, for ages 11-18. Contestants will be fishing at nearby Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, FL. This will be the 3rd year for the Jr. Championship and its been growing every year. Classic contender act as boat captains for the contestant both prefishing and during the actual tournament. Winners in each division win a new Triton boat, in all its a great opportunity for Jr. angler. Good Luck to Don Brennhofer representing both MN and Gopher Jr. Bassmasters.