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Young Anglers: The Future of Bass Fishing

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Greg from Soddy Custom Tackle presenting a Duckett rod and Lews reel to two of this years youth members at the 2013 C.B.A. Classic Meeting and Dinner. Greg from Soddy Custom Tackle presenting a Duckett rod and Lews reel to two of this years youth members at the 2013 C.B.A. Classic Meeting and Dinner.
The top Chattanooga Bass Association Youth members pictured with Jeff Reed who fishes with his son Josh in the C.B.A. Youth Division. The top Chattanooga Bass Association Youth members pictured with Jeff Reed who fishes with his son Josh in the C.B.A. Youth Division.

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Where will tomorrow's anglers come from? It's a question that the Chattanooga Bass Association has thought long and hard about for years.

The Chattanooga Bass Association, Chattanooga's oldest and largest non-professional team bass-fishing tournament has come up with what they feel is the answer.

At the start of their 2010 season a youth division was added to their format for the very first time in an effort to add new blood and give young anglers the opportunity to get involved in the sport of tournament bass fishing.

A Youth Division team in the C.B.A. consists of one adult and one youth (16 years or younger). The youth division teams not only compete against each other, but compete against regular teams for the same chances at prizes and points.

The highest finishing Youth Division team in each event also earns a free entry into the next event.

Youth Division teams only pay half of the normal entry fee which is $60 rather than the regular $120 for adult teams, which makes it very affordable for people to bring a younger angler to fish.

While the idea might still be in its infancy, it has already picked up some very big supporters in Element Manufacturing, Soddy Custom Tackle, Duckett Rods, Lews, as well as local veteran fishermen Don Lamb.

Don was instrumental in helping with getting the youth division up and running in the beginning and continues to be a major supporter in helping with this format.

"We are very excited about our youth division," C.B.A. president Shane Frazier said. "It is a win-win situation for not only the sort of bass fishing but for all of the kids, as well. We are looking forward to continued growth in our youth division."

For more information about the Chattanooga Bass Association youth division visit www.cbatournament.com

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