Get Hooked on Fishing brings out the young 'uns

If they'd done less cheerleading and more concentrating on fishing they'd probably had caught more fish but, really, where is the fun in that?

Frank and Kathryn Foster, and son Landon, 9, embodied the spirit of the Bassmaster Get Hooked on Fishing presented by Toyota, Shakespeare and at the 2019 GEICO Bassmaster Classic in Knoxville on Friday.

“We are like kids in a candy store,” the father said as he watched his son, coached by Kathryn to keep his eyes focused on the fat catfish swimming around in the 20-foot-wide octagon shaped tank—instead of the ones the other kids were catching. Like father, like son, they both shouted out every time someone caught a fish.

“I love fishing and he is just ate up with it, too,” Frank Foster said. “This is just great.”

They made the 4-hour drive from Blacksburg, Va. and early Friday had already talked boats with Indiana Elite Series Pro Bill Lowen at the Meet The Elites event before Landon geared up to hit the catfish pond. Landon would later win a new Shakespeare rod-and-reel combo, get some casting lessons, build a free Strike-King spinner bait, learn about Tennessee wildlife and watch some crazy Super Retriever Series dogs leap incredible distances to splash down in front of an appreciative crowd.

“It’s an incredible venue with everything happening right here. We just are so excited,” Foster said.