The 6th annual “Reeling in Future Pros” fishing camp was held Saturday, July 20th. In attendance were 150 boys and girls ranging in ages from 5 to 15 from as far away as Louisiana, Florida and Arkansas. The campers were treated to a half day of fishing instruction and interaction with the Lane family and several professional anglers.
“The excitement level and growth of this event has been remarkable,” said Chris Lane. “To see this many kids, parents and grandparents turn out on a beautiful summer day to learn more about fishing was uplifting. These kids are the future of our sport and our country. It was awesome to see the excitement on their faces as they picked up their new gear and got to learn how to use it.”
“Tony Chachere cooked an amazing lunch with help from Kyle Sparks and the Guntersville Harbor was a terrific venue. Thanks to everyone that helped with the event we now have 150 kids with brand new fishing equipment ready to fish lakes and ponds all over the south.”
In addition to hands-on instruction from professional anglers Bobby Lane, Arnie Lane, Kevin Hawk, Derek Remitz and Brandon Lester, the campers participated in several contests during the day with winners receiving a new Flambeau tackle box, a pair of Oakley sunglasses, Gander Mountain gift card and Swiftwick arm band. Ty Baldwin, Andrew Terry and Carson Strickland won awards in casting contest. Jason Rhoden, Bailey Smith and Evan Hinton took honors in the big fish contest. The fishing contest winners for most fish were Cole Green, Jason Rhoden and Cal Culpepper. Camp Green and Andrew Terry were recipients of the Sportsmanship awards. Each winner received Motivational angler Clay Dyer was a special guest this year and demonstrated to everyone at the camp that they could accomplish anything they set their mind to.
Thanks to the Guntersville Boat Mart and Mustang Survival all kids were able to take an on-the-water boating safety course and take a life jacket home with them.
Representatives from Stren were on hand teaching knot-tying and testing each camper’s knot on the Stren Knot Strength station. Awards were given to each of the 6 groups that rotated through the station.
All participants received donated items including; Stren fishing line, Frogg Toggs chilly pads, Bass Pro Shops gift card and T-shirt, Shakespeare rod & reel combos, Mustang Survival life jackets, Gander Mountain baits and headbands to paint, Luck “E” Strike tackle and baits to paint and a Power-Pole hat. Additional support for the event was provided by; Legend Boats, TH Marine, Mercury Marine, Swiftwick, LB3 Outdoors, Oakley, Bob Hembree Chevrolet, All Star Rods, Snag Proof, Lowrance, Optima, CR&G, Guntersville Boat Mart and Fish Lake Guntersville.
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