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Casting Kids

B.A.S.S. is dedicated to America's youth and to the future of bass fishing and its resources. And since kids are the future of this great sport, B.A.S.S. developed the BASSMASTER CastingKids program in 1991. Open to young people in two age groups, 7-10 and 11-14, the goals of this competition are to involve America's youth in fishing and to foster in each participant an appreciation and concern for our outdoors.

BASSMASTER CastingKids competitions are similar to the old NFL punt, pass, and kick events, except the challenge is to flip, pitch and cast. These are three very important skills everyone needs to know in order to catch fish. Scoring is based on a point system so the young angler with the most points wins! In only ten years of existence, the BASSMASTER CastingKids has reached over one million children. Through the CastingKids program, B.A.S.S. is able to uphold its commitment and dedication to youth and the future of bass fishing and its resources. B.A.S.S. is proud of the success of this program, and we know that you, too, will find it to be rewarding.

2012 Event Calendar

Event Date Time Location
CastingKids April 20 - 22 Blaine, MN Bass Expo

"How To" Demonstration

View animation techiques for Casting Kids 10ft Flip, 20ft Pitch, and 30ft Cast

Cabela's CastingKids

The Cabela's Rogers Minnesota store hosted the first major CastingKids of the year. Over 370 boys and girls competed in the two day event. The Cabela's Event Coordinator, Steve Lonn, said" I could not be happier with the turn out and how things ran this weekend." Lonn plans on holding more CastingKids events through out the spring and summer and looking forward to the CastingKids State Championship being held at the Rogers store in July.

Special thanks to Gopher, Sportsmen, Classic 7, Viking, Fatbelly Basmasters, the adult members, and all the Junior Bassmasters who helped make this one of the best events held to date. Four Champions were crowned in each age group during the weekend and they are now eligible to move on to the State Championship. Congratulations to the following competitors:
Saturday A.M.    
7-10 age group Jacob Holmen Spicer, MN
11-14 age group Jake Saterbak Maple Grove, MN
     
Saturday P.M.    
7-10 age group Maxwell Schmidt Forest Lake, MN
11-14 age group Michael Perovich Big Lake, MN
     
Sunday A.M    
7-10   age group Caleb Holmen Spicer, MN
11-14 age group Robbie Huber Bloomington, MN
     
Sunday P.M.    
7-10 age group Jarod Kunz Cold Springs, MN
11-14 age group Marina Chapman South Haven, MN

Jake Erickson and Jake Saterbak win 2007 Minnesota Casting Kids Championship

October 20, 2007
Maple Grove, MN
On Saturday, October 20th, the Minnesota BASS Federation Nation held its 2007 State Bassmasters Casting Kids Championship. Kids from all over Minnesota came to the Gander Mountain store in Maple Grove, MN with their flipping, pitching, and casting skills to try and become one of our two state Bassmasters Casting Kids champions. The Minnesota Bass Federation Board of Directors conducted the event.

The kids competing all qualified through Bassmaster Casting Kids competitions held across the state during the 2007 qualification period. Saterbak and Erickson qualified by winning their age brackets at local Casting Kids events held last summer.

 The competitions are conducted by Minnesota BASS Federation clubs. There are two age groups. They are 7 to 10, and 11 to 14. The kids do three different types of casts. They flip from 10 feet, pitch from 20 feet, and cast from 30 feet. The target is a bullseye with scores of 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50. The best score attainable is 150.

Erickson and Saterbak each received a Bassmasters Casting Kids Championship plaque, medallion, and Casting Kids rod and reel. They also received a $500.00 scholarship award from the Minnesota BASS Federation.

As the new 2007 State Champions, Saterbak and Erickson along with their parents will be flown, with travel assistance courtesy of the Minnesota BASS Federation Nation, to the National Semi-Final competition, to be held Nov. 9-11 in Kissimmee, FL, where ESPN/BASS will provide lodging for them.

Erickson and Saterbak will compete against 8 other Northern Division State Champions for one of 5 coveted spots at the National Championship Competition, held in conjunction with the 2008 ESPN Bassmaster Classic, Feb. 22-24 in Greenville, SC.

Borrow a Fishing Rod Program and Casting Kids

June 15, 2007
Minneapolis, MN
In a cooperative sponsorship between the Northwestern Bassmasters, Shakespeare Fishing Rods, Ultimate Rent-All and RV, Cooper's Technology Group and Northland Fishing Tackle, kids can check out a Shakespeare rod and reel combo and a Northland tackle pack to use for free! Just like a library book, you can check out the rod and reel combos and tackle to use for free!
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2006 Minnesota State Casting Kids Championship

October 21, 2006
Maple Grove, Minnesota

On Saturday, October 21, the Minnesota BASS Federation Nation held its 2006 State Bassmaster Casting Kids Championship. Kids from all over Minnesota came to the Gander Mountain Maple Grove store with their flipping, pitching and casting skills to try to become one of two Minnesota Bassmasters Casting Kids champions.

The kids that competed on this day all qualified through Bassmaster Casting Kids competitions held across the state during the 2006 qualification period. Minnesota BASS Federation Nation clubs conduct these competitions. There are two age groups: 7 to 10 and 11 to 14. The kids do three different types of casts: flip from 10 feet, pitch from 20 feet, and cast from 30 feet. The target is a bullseye with scores of 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50. The best score attainable is 150 points.

The kids all came to show their casting skills. Each contestant had three practice rounds on the casting lanes prior to official competition start time of 3:30pm. The crowd and parents were great and almost completely silent during the event. After all contestants had completed their casts and the scores were verified, Paul Becka, the Minnesota BASS Federation Nation President made the big announcement.

The Minnesota State Casting Kids Champions for 2006 are Marina Chapman from the 7-10 age group with a score of 90, and Jake Erickson in the 11-14 age group with a score of 130. Marina and Jake both received a Bassmaster Casting Kids Championship plaque, medallion, and Casting Kids rod and reel. They also received a $500.00 scholarship award from the Minnesota BASS Federation Nation for their future education.

Now Marina and Jake, along with their parents, advance to Alabama in January to compete in the Bassmaster Casting Kids Semi-Finals, which coincides with the Federation National Championship. Then they will each compete against 8 other kids in their own age bracket from the Northern Division states. If either Marina or Jake is the top Casting Kid from their respective age group, he/she will then advance to the National Casting Kids Championship in Alabama in February of 2007. This coincides with the Bassmaster Classic. They would compete for scholarships of up to $5000 against 4 other Casting Kids champions in their age group

Skeeter/Yamaha, the Minnesota Federation official boat and motor sponsor will be donating Skeeter/Yamaha shirts and hats for Marina and Jake at the upcoming Casting Kids Semi-finals competition, and hopefully the National Casting Kids finals.

Special thanks go to the Gander Mountain Maple Grove store and staff for hosting this event. Gander Mountain also provided a rod and reel outfits for both our winners, and grab bags that day with fishing products for all the competitors. Gander Mountain has hosted numerous Casting Kids Championships and qualifying events over the years and has always asked what they can do, and have gone the extra mile for today's youth. On behalf of the Minnesota BASS Federation Nation, I say, THANK YOU.

Special thanks to the Minnesota BASS Federation Nation Board of Directors and members of Bassin' Boys Junior Federation club for conducting this event.

Kids and parents, for more information on these events, check out the youth section of our MN BASS Federation Nation website at www.mnbf.org or the Bassmaster web site at www.bassmaster.com for upcoming Minnesota Casting Kids events.
Todd Saterbak
Minnesota BASS Federation Nation Youth Director

2006 Bassmaster Junior World Championship and Casting Kids National Finals

The 36th CITGO Bassmaster Classic week kicked off on Friday, February 17th, 2006 with the JWC pairings banquet. All the Classic contenders, JWC contenders, Parents and Youth directors were in attendance. The banquet was held at the Radisson World Gate Resort in Orlando, FL.

After a great meal and presentations by Ray Scott, Stacey Twiggs and other BASS staff, the 90 JWC contenders in two age groups, 11-14 and 15-18, were paired with a Classic competitor for Saturday and Sunday. They launched from Venetian Gardens in Harrisburg, FL and fished the Harris Chain of Lakes. Read more


2006 Minnesota State Casting Kids Championship

On Saturday, October 15th, the Minnesota BASS Federation held its 2006 State Bassmaster Casting Kids Championship. Kids from all over Minnesota came to the Gander Mountain store in Maple Grove, Minnesota with their flipping, pitching and casting skills to try to become one of our two State Bassmasters Casting Kids Champions.

The kids that competed all qualified through Bassmaster Casting Kids competitions held across the state during the 2005 qualification period in order to advance to state competition. Minnesota BASS Federation clubs conduct these competitions. Read More

2005 Casting Kids National Championship

Dave Saterbak traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the 2005 Casting Kids National Finals along with his family and his grandparents. Dave was also there for the Junior Bass World Championship earlier in the week. Dave is the first person in history to compete in both Junior National events that coincided with the 2005 Bassmaster Classic. Dave is a five time Minnesota State Casting Kids Champion and he competed his goal to compete in the Casting Kids National Finals. Read more


History Made at the 2005 Bassmaster Casting Kids Semi-Finals

BASSMASTERS held its 2005 Bassmaster Casting Kids semi-finals in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, April 30th. The semi-finals were held at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. Rachel Simon and Dave Saterbak from Minnesota along with 2 state champions from 45 other states (consisting of five divisions: North, South, East, West and Central) came to show their flipping, pitching and casting skills. Read more

2005 Minnesota Casting Kids Championship

On Saturday, March 12th, the Minnesota BASS Federation held its 2005 State Bassmaster Casting Kids Championship. Kids from all over Minnesota, and one all the way from Ohio, came to the Gander Mountain Super Store in Lakeville, MN with their flipping, pitching and casting skills to try to become one of our two State Bassmasters Casting Kids Champions. Full Story

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