Youngsters get the chance to compete ‘just like the pros’ in Western Outdoor News (WON) Little Angler bass tournaments. The goal of the program is to teach children the fundamentals of the sport.
With two of three Western Outdoor News (WON) Little Angler bass tournaments turning into successes, organizers are praising the inaugural programs as fun ways to introduce children to the sport of fishing.
WON Arizona Tournament Director Tracy Purtee says the tournaments offer the Little Anglers a chance to compete, “just like the pros.”
Which means there are early morning 5 a.m. starts with live well checks and free donuts and sun block at the Cholla ramp. Also, the Little Anglers take off knowing they are competing for prizes and awards.
In the tournaments, each of the Little Anglers is accompanied by an adult “Big Angler” whose responsibility it is to look after the safety of the children and to teach them the fundamentals of the sport.
In the tournaments, the fledgling anglers can weigh in one each of bass, catfish, bluegill, crappie and carp.
Tyler Russell has weighed in the biggest catfish — a 5.84-pound lunker.
Olivia Cruz has caught the largest bass, a 2.75 pounder. Nickolas Delio weighed in a 1.90-pound bluegill, which is the largest hooked thus far.
The big anglers are allowed to weigh in three bass at teach tournament. Rod Nelson leads the total weight standings with 4.58 pounds. John Whaley has the largest bass, 2.52 pounds.
Next on the WON agenda is the third and final tournament to be held Aug. 25 at Roosevelt Lake.
“We hope to see you all there for lots of fun and the awesome opportunity to encourage these young anglers,” said Purtee.