Guest Blog by: Frank Villa 3/27/2013
It was about 6 years ago that I started the Fighting Fishsticks junior bass club (Northern Colorado Junior Bass Club) in Northern Colorado. BASS required 6 kids for there to be a club. I have 3 boys, so we were halfway there. I asked each one to bring a friend so with 6 kids we got it going. There was already one junior bass club in Colorado, but it was down south in Denver and I wanted something for the kids in Northern Colorado to enjoy. The Denver Junior bass club was the only place for kids to go. I look back on it now and in just a few short years I have taught several hundreds of kids to fish. I have now taken it to the next level and I am currently the Colorado Bass Nation Youth director and we now have 3 Jr bass clubs covering the front range of Colorado. Up north we have the Fighting Fishsticks junior bass club , the Denver Junior bass club covers the middle, and down south in the Pueblo area we have the Colorado Junior Bassmasters. The Junior bass clubs allow kids from 8 to 18 years old in their membership.
The next step has become High School clubs, so now BASS has started a High School division and our recruiting is underway. We are just getting started so we currently only have a few schools which are Windsor High School, Weld Central High School a couple in the Denver area and recently a club Started in the Adams County area. Our first state tournament will be held at Pueblo Reservoir on April 28th, 2013. The high school divisions consist of teams of two and their coach is their boater. Each team supplies their own boat and boater and the two top teams will go to the world championship in 2014, site to be determined. The top team will also be invited to represent the State of Colorado at the Western Divisional in 2014 at a lake in Montana.
Other opportunities for youth include the kids/mentor tournament on May 11th at Horsetooth Res. this tournament is hosted by Larimer County Parks, Centennial Bass Club, Colorado Bass Nation and the Colorado Walleye Association. There is no entry fee and teams consist of one adult and one kid under 18.
The Colorado TBF also has two junior clubs, one in Fountain, Co and one in Denver Co. The CTBF has their High School State Tournament on May 18, and their Junior State Tournament May 19.
If you would like more information on youth bass fishing clubs or youth tournaments, feel free to contact Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org
Catch Em Big
Frank has been fishing for as long as he can remember, and is an avid outdoorsman. He began his career in tournament bass fishing in 2000, fishing for his local bass club the Centennial Bass Club of Northern Colorado (www.centennialbass.com). He continues to fish with his bass club, is the Youth Director and Webmaster. Frank has taken his love of fishing tournament style to the next level. He now fishes several BASS, FLW, and TBF Tournaments and will continue to seek his goal of making it to the highest level of Professional Bass Fishing.
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opencage, CO 3/27/2013 3:34:11 PM
You're doing some great work. Getting kids into fishing teaches patience, problem solving, and love & respect for our natural resources.
The Loveland Fishing Club and Loveland Parks & Recreation Foundation also put on a FREE, no-license-required fishing derby with raffle, instruction, tackle, etc. I'm pretty sure it's June 1st this year at the North Lake Park Pond.
nightangler, CO 3/27/2013 3:40:40 PM
Frank - Great job working with the youth!!
HeavyC, CO 3/27/2013 4:41:35 PM
You are da man Frank! Good luck this year everyone!!
Flyrodn, CO 3/28/2013 12:06:11 PM
No doubt that when it comes to getting kids into fishing, especially bass fishing you'll find Frank in the middle of things. Thanks Frank, I for one very much appreciate your efforts.