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One of the oldest and most productive programs that The Bass Federation has ever had is the TBF Junior Angler Program.
In this program young anglers from 11-15 are members of an active junior fishing clubs that are sponsored by TBF adult Bass Clubs. See the current youth clubs in California below. If you are interested in starting your own club, you only need 6 members to do so. Contact your State Youth Director, for more information.
These junior anglers fish in club and state tournaments and participate in fundraising and conservation projects just like the adults do.
The competitive branch of this program allows the anglers to qualify for their states Junior State Championship and eventually qualify for the National Guard Junior World Championship.
The Bass Federation and its member states have implemented a casting skills accuracy challenge for young anglers across the country!
“The Reel Kids Program” is in many cases the first opportunity that many kids have to be introduced to the great sport of fishing. At events like sport and outdoor shows across the country and in many schools these programs are giving kids the chance to experience what it is really like to handle a fishing rod and reel. They test their skills in the art of Casting, Flipping, and Pitching a plastic jig to a very colorful target.
This program is organized and operated at the state level only. By a vote of the Federation Presidents each state decides at what level they wish to advance the program. Many states advance kids from individual events to a State Championship while others choose only to run the event at the local level and put more emphasis on just getting as many kids as possible involved!
Regardless of what level each state chooses, this program consistently achieves its goal of exposing kids from 8 to 15 years of age to the great sport of fishing!!
If you’re interested in bringing one of these events to your area please contact your state’s Bass Federation President or Youth Director.
Student Angler Federation (SAF) – In School Fishing Program
This program utilizes a high action DVD with some outstanding underwater footage to get students excited about fishing. Educators like this program because it highlights how the basic elements of education, math, science and language arts, are used by anglers out on the water every day. We also show some of the ever increasing career opportunities being created through the sport of fishing.
The great thing about this portion of the program is that it is absolutely free to any school or youth group that wants to participate.
Our end result is that we want to encourage students to form a school fishing club so they can experience this sport first hand.
For more information, visit HighSchoolFishing.org
Who to Contact
State Youth Director – Barry Sterud
eMail Barry Youth@www.californiabass1.org
The 2017 Junior Angler State Championship tournament will be held on May 28, 2017 at Russo’s Marina. Registered Junior Angler Teams with 6 members can send up to 4 Anglers to the State Championships. The winner of the event will advance to the Junior World Championships. Please send a roster of your Junior Anglers that are eligible for this event to Barry Sterud on or before 20 May so I can screen anglers for eligibility. This is for Junior Anglers age 11-15 only. They must be current active Junior Angler members.
Junior Anglers must be at least 11 years old or older on 8/31/2017 and not older than 15 years old on 8/31/17.
Therefore your birthday must be 8/31/06 to 9/01/01.
There will be a $40.00 entry fee for the tournament to help pay for the BBQ and for flights for the winner to the World Championships. Junior Anglers will be paired up by random draw and paired with boaters by random draw. All contestants must have fishing release of liability forms signed by their parents/legal guardians.
Please direct questions to Barry Sterud, Youth Director, 925-584-6868
|Delta Teen Team, OakleyYouth and Student Club||Barry Sterud 925-584-6868|
|Roosevelt High School Bass Fishing Club Fresno Student Club||Michael Spencer 559-261-5296|
|Dinuba High School Bass Fising, ClovisStudent Club||John Celum 559-797-5793|
|Central Valley Bass Fishing Club, CeresStudent Club||Mike Reynolds 209-556-1900|
|Vista Del Lago Fishing Club, FolsomStudent Club||Luke Johns 916-417-8611|
|Nor-Cal Youth Bass Fishing Club, Red BluffStudent Club||Greg Morton 530-529-4284|
|The 5th Day Fishing Club, FresnoYouth & Student Club||Vincent Valenzuela 917-623-0575|
|Canyon Lake Jr. BassMasters, Canyon LakeYouth Club||Sal Gervasi 951-244-3294|
|FishermansOutpost Junior Bass Club, San DiegoYouth||Jeanne Pasalich 858-395-3354|
|East County Student Anglers, Brentwood, Student team||Malinda DeVincenzi, 925-451-5199|
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