MONROE, La. — This month, competitors ages 11 to 18 will show off their fishing skills on the final day of the 2011 Bassmaster Federation Nation Championship presented by Yamaha and Skeeter.
On Nov. 5, contenders in the 2011 Bassmaster Junior World Championship (JWC) will fish Bayou DeSiard in Monroe, La., and they will weigh in on the same stage with their adult counterparts.
Competitors from each of the two age groups (11 to 14 and 15 to 18) will vie for bragging rights, and all participants will receive scholarships to be used for education.
Yamaha and Skeeter will provide boat rigs for the championship. Adult B.A.S.S. Federation Nation volunteers will drive the boats but are not permitted to provide any information to the young anglers; they can observe and drive only.
These young anglers have advanced through a number of qualifying rounds on the local, state and divisional levels to qualify for the JWC. Competitors are paired according to the divisions from which they qualified.
“I think these young competitors are really going to enjoy Bayou DeSiard and Monroe, Louisiana,” said Jon Stewart, B.A.S.S. Federation Nation senior manager. “Bayou DeSiard is a unique fishery. It is a public fishery but has limited access and no public boat ramps. These Junior Bassmasters should have the time of their lives!”
The competitors will launch at 7:15 a.m. Central from Bayou DeSiard Country Club Ramp in Monroe. Check-in is at 2:15 p.m.