Giving back

From time to time, Bassmaster Elite Series pros are asked to participate in tournaments outside the B.A.S.S. tour. Some are held for kids, others for various charitable causes. And while we can’t always participate fully, we do try to support them in some way.

Some of these events are large and well organized. Others are quite small and working to get established. Regardless of their size, if the cause is just, we try to help.

Among the more rewarding are tournaments held for young people entering the sport — local and regional derbies arranged for recruitment and/or fund raising.

I try to help by donating time, money or fishing tackle to those in my area, and my sponsors are fully onboard. Companies like Rapala, VMC and Yamamoto always step up, which makes me doubly proud to represent their brands.

Kids on the line 

Bobby Lane’s Challenge Cup is an invitational for school kids, whereby participants compete for merchandise and scholarships. Bobby’s event is held on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes in central Florida, and it draws hundreds of youths from across the country, all eager to test their skills in friendly competition. Whether they catch a fish or not, thanks to the generosity of supporting sponsors, every child will leave with much more than he or she came with.