The announcement was made by Mud Hole president Tom McNamara.
“Bassmaster (B.A.S.S.) is committed to growing the high school bass market and Mud Hole Custom Tackle is dedicated to cultivating rod building and tackle crafting in young anglers,” said McNamara. “Together, these common interests in the sport will allow high school students to be introduced to fishing and tackle crafting while teaching them about conservation, natural resources and community service.”
With a soft launch last fall, the B.A.S.S. High School Fishing Clubs has already generated 122 clubs with almost 1,000 students in 33 states and continues to grow every day.
“Three years from now the fishing club growth projections are expected to be 12,000 students representing 2,000 clubs in the contiguous 48 states,” said McNamara.
By joining a B.A.S.S. High School Club, members are eligible to compete in the Bassmaster High School tournaments: the first is the Bassmaster High School Open June 19-21, at Douglas Lake, Dandridge, Tenn. Then four weeks later on July 16-19, the Bassmaster High School Championship will be held at Kentucky Lake, Tenn.
A one-hour televised episode of the championship will air on ESPNU. A Bassmaster High School Exhibition Tournament is planned as part of the Bassmaster Classic in 2015.
Mud Hole Custom Tackle has been active in B.A.S.S. events sponsoring two young men; Hunter McKamey on Bassmaster’s College Series and Elite Series rookie pro Brandon Lester. Both were heavily involved in fishing as teen-agers and building their own custom rods.
“You see the passion they bring to the sport,” said McNamara, “and both gentlemen continue to develop public speaking and problem-solving skills plus foster leadership attributes.”
“As part of its title sponsorship, Mud Hole Custom Tackle will also be providing a $1,000 scholarship,” he said. “Additionally, Mud Hole will be presenting a complete rod building kit at both tournaments for the heaviest fish of the day. Our sponsorship of the Bassmaster High School Clubs and Tournaments will allow Mud Hole Custom Tackle to expand our reach into the future rod builders, lure makers and fly tiers of tomorrow,” said McNamara.
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