Minnesota Youth Movement
Photo: Andrew Canulette
The Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation team is competing in the Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional presented by Magellan Outdoors. Four of the state's 10 non-boaters are high school seniors, while another is a freshman in college. Four of the five "Young Guns" were atop the Minnesota team standings Thursday morning. The top three boaters and non-boaters from each of the 19 states represented here will survive the cut and fish on Friday with cash prizes and a chance to fish the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on the line. Pictured, from left, are Mason Raveling, Matt Stearns, Ben Provost, Nathan Thompson and Dominic Floria.
MANY, LOUISIANA – There's a youth movement afoot in Minnesota, and it came south some 1,000 miles this week to flex its muscle in the Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional presented by Magellan Outdoors.
Five of Minnesota's 10 non-boaters competing on Toledo Bend Reservoir are teenagers; four of them are still in high school. And while a fresh-faced hot stick is nothing new in the sport of bass fishing, it's impressive that half of Minnesota's team is not only 19 or younger, but that four of them are atop Minnesota's team standings after Day 1 of competition.
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