Beginning in 2014, Ohio’s “next generation” of bass anglers will have the opportunity to compete in a newly formatted tournament circuit that aims to increase youth participation in bass fishing, while maintaining a fun and educational backdrop.
The Ohio Next Generation Trail (a U.S.A. Bassin affiliated organization) will be offering a five-tournament series that pairs an adult with a youth under the age of 19. Parents, teachers and mentors will have the chance to team up with their child, student or mentee to compete on some of Ohio’s best bass fisheries during their peak times.
Tom Hack, an Ohio public school teacher and tournament bass angler, will serve as Ohio Next Generation’s Tournament Director.
According to Hack, “There are many things I’ve taken into consideration in planning this circuit. First, we are hitting the right lakes at the right time in their prime. I want our young anglers to experience success. Second, the tournament hours for the circuit are six hours in duration compared to the typical eight hours, which will make fishing these tournaments easier on both the kids and the adults. Third, the cost of the circuit is very affordable, at $50 a tournament. And finally, teams who compete will have a chance to qualify for a national championship tournament, where a $5,000 scholarship will be awarded”.
The 2014 schedule will visit some great fisheries, including Buckeye Lake, Clear Fork, Delaware, and O’Shaughnessy. For more information on the circuit, take a look at the Ohio Next Generation Trail – Schedule and Membership Information flyer, or contact Tom Hack at (419) 560-0432.