Anglers in South Africa are passionate about their bass fishing, but Mike Allen's trip there made him realize how lucky we are to have fisheries management agencies in the United States.
QUINCY, Fla. — Members of the Quincy Bassmasters and Consolidated Bassmasters helped host seven fishing clinics at a summer camp for children in northwest Florida. At the end of each clinc, participants received a Zebco rod and reel combo and a tackle pack. Fifteen volunteers contributed 150 man-hours to the project. The camp hosted 135 participants, and the club raised $1,600 to support the event.
CRESTVIEW, Fla. — Members of the Hub City Bassmasters, in association with Wounded Warrior Fishing, took 10 injured military veterans and their families fishing for a day. The volunteers taught them how to catch bass, redfish, speckled trout and flounder during the two-day event. The weekend was totally free for the participants; volunteers raised $2,500 to support the tournament. Sponsors, such as Bass Pro Shops and Mann's Bait Co., provided meals and door prizes, including rods, reels, tackle bags and other gear.
CRESTVIEW, Fla. — Members of the Hub City Bassmasters taught children how to cast, flip and pitch an artificial bait at the Kids Casting event. Fifteen volunteers spent time with 120 kids during the four-hour event. They raised $250 for the effort. Volunteers contributed 60 man-hours.
CRESTVIEW, Fla. — The Hub City Bassmasters hosted its annual tournament in Crestview. More than 300 children ages 2 to 16 participated in a catch-and-release tournament, and organizers taught the young anglers about the species of fish they caught. Twenty members of the club helped the youth measure and count their fish. The volunteers contributed 90 man-hours to this event, and they collected 1 pound of materials to be recycled.
ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. — The Alachua County Bassmasters worked to keep youth interested during a 2012 event. Members set up a booth at the Alachua County Youth Fair to discuss with passersby the importance of keeping youth interested in fishing. Three volunteers contributed 24 man-hours to this project. In total, 400 participants from the education offered.
BRANSON, Mo. — Members of the Missouri B.A.S.S. Nation placed pine trees donated by Silver Dollar City into Table Rock Lake. The trees were placed in water 5 to 10 feet deep for spawning beds in the fishery. It is an annual project. The 10 volunteers who participated contributed 80 man-hours in 2012.
Members of the Hays Bass Anglers Association helped place 350 cedar trees as habitat into Waconda Lake.
Members of the Hays Bass Anglers Association assembled hundreds of wire handles and added them to habitat that was being placed in Sheridan Lake.
CONROE, Texas — In 2012, the Texas B.A.S.S. Nation did more work on Lake Conroe as part of a long-term aquatic habitat restoration program on the fishery. The project has been ongoing since 2006. For 2012, members of the Texas B.A.S.S. Nation added 4 acres of artificial habitat to the lake. The members used spiderblocks enhanced with bamboo. In addition, the chapter restocked 5 miles of shoreline with native aquatic plants with the goal of recolonizing the lake for fisheries recruitment.