On 3/21/15 Nine teams arrived Saturday morning to fish in the Kids First season opener at Pickwick Landing. The weeks leading up to today’s tournament had some varying weather conditions. Today Pickwick provided cloudy skies and temps starting off in the 40’s but rising to 70 with a slight North wind. The lake was at 410 on a very slow rise and discharging 80,000 cubic feet a second. Water temperature varied depending on location and ranged from 52 – 56 degrees, a few degrees cooler than the previous day.
Each of the 9 teams brought fish to the scale. Short fish were plentiful, but keepers were difficult to come by for most teams. Making a long ride to Alabama was the second year team of Bryan and Noah Miller. The long ride paid off for them and by putting together a five fish limit weighing 15.81 pounds took first place honors today.
Wayne and Fisher Holmes were also able to put together a five fish bag weighing 12.84 pounds despite the tough conditions. Fisher who is last year’s Youth AOY in the 10 and under age class got off to a great start with a 2.77 pound fish recorded for this tournament. His fish rounded out the 5 fish limit topping the scales at 12.84 pounds earning the team second place.
Last year’s Team AOY Nick Hart and Jaxson Sullivan managed a 4 fish bag weighing 8.68 pounds earning them third place. Jaxon added a 2.81 pound youth AOY fish to his total in the 11-14 year old age class.
Big fish of the tournament was brought in by the team of Jeff and Johnathan Cox. Johnathan boated a 5.76 pound behemoth largemouth. This catch will be added to his Youth AOY weight and is currently leading the 15-18 year old age class.
Last year’s Youth AOY champion in the 11-14 year old class just missed the tournament big fish by .02 pounds. Cassidy’s 5.74 pound largemouth has her in the lead for this year’s 11-14 age class.
Strike King sponsored tackle packs and sunglasses provided by All State & Kids First are given to each youth competitor at their first tournament. Today’s grab bags were provided by Craw Cane, and door prize drawings were provided by B&B Outdoors and Mike Whitten. Thank you to all the sponsors and competitors for making Kids First a success!
We are experiencing computer and web hosing issues, we apologize for not having the website updated with the current information. We hope these issues will be resolved by next week.
2015 Entry Forms and 2015 Tournament Rules will be available at the sign in table this Saturday. There have been no rule or format changes from last year.
The 2015 Kids First tournament dates will be:
3/21/15 – Pickwick Landing
4/18/15 – Pickwick Landing
5/16/15 – Pickwick Landing
6/13/15 – JP Coleman
7/11/15 – JP Coleman
8/8/15 – Pickwick Landing. With banquet immediately after the weigh in at The Top Of The River
We don’t expect the rules, AOY, and programs to change much if at all but all 2015 information will be updated shortly. Please check our website for the updates.
We look forward to seeing you all 3/21/15!
Kids First wrapped up our 2014 season on October 18th at Pickwick Landing. The teams faced fluctuating lake levels, cold fronts, heavy current, wind, and stubborn fish. Of the 15 teams competing today we had 5 teams with daughters as youth partners, and our first mother and daughter team. The complete tournament results, AOY totals, and tournament and banquet pictures are now posted.
Today’s weigh in was a little different than our normal format. Teams weighed in their fish, loaded their boats on trailers, and then went to The Top Of The River for a fantastic catfish dinner, our year end banquet, and awards presentation.
The team of Nathan Pirtle and Bryan Johnson were the top dogs in today’s event. Even in the tough fishing conditions they were able to boat 13.24 pounds of fish that included a 4 pound kicker fish to secure first place.
Trailing by just over one pound the team of Nick Hart and Jaxson Sullivan landed 12.15 pounds of bass earning them second place.
The team of Wayne and Fisher Holmes has proven themselves to be a serious contender this year. They were able to find 11.01 pounds of bass to earn 3rd place.
In their second tournament this year the team of Bryan and Noah Miller edged out tournament winners Pirtle and Johnson by .01 ounces and took the big bass honors with a 4.01 ounce largemouth.
Kids First initiated Angler of the Year awards this year – A team angler of the year, and youth angler of the year in three age groups.
The team angler of the year is determined by points awarded for each tournament finish. The team of Nick Hart and Jaxon Sullivan earned 581points out of 600 possible points over the course of this year’s tournaments to win this year’s Team AOY.
Youth angler of the year is determined by the cumulative weight of the single largest legal youth caught fish from each tournament. Each Youth AOY won a Hammer All American Elite Series Rod, donated by Hammer Rods.
The youth angler of the year for the 10 and under age group was Fisher Holmes with a total cumulative weight of 10.33 pounds.
The youth angler of the year for the 11-14 year old age group was Cassidy Cox with a total cumulative weight of 14.72 pounds.
The youth angler of the year for the 15-18 year old age group was Ivy Bookout with a total cumulative weight of 6.43 pounds.
The “What Would Jesus Do” awards are given based on submissions sent in by parents, other competitors, or from Kids First organizer observations. This year the awards were presented based on family submissions.
WWJD Sportsmanship Award was presented to Jaxon Sullivan. Jaxson was awarded two scholarships to The Bass University and an autographed lure, donated by Bass U.
WWJD Citizenship Award was presented to Fisher Holmes. Fisher was awarded a guided fishing trip with Roger Stegall Guide Service, donated by Roger Stegall.
This year our drawing for a $200 Lonnie’s Sporting Goods gift card was won by Teresa Upright, the gift card was donated by Lonnie’s Sporting goods.
All the kids took home grab bags containing Hog Rustler Spinnerbaits and Strike King Rage Frogs, and we had our normal door prize drawings with each of the kids winning fishing gear or other prizes provided by Hog Rustler, B&B Marine, Hammer Rods, Thyssen Krupp, Mike Whitten, Bandit Lures, Vicious Fishing, and Bill Dance Outdoors .
We had a great year and Kids First would like to thank all 41 teams (Yes! 41 different kids fished in our events this year!) adult and youth competitors for coming out and spending time on the water with us. We hope to see all of you back next year!
A very special thank you goes out to all of our sponsors that help make these events a huge success. Each and every one of you are keys in making Kids First possible.
Kids First will be back in full swing early in spring of 2015. Check our website and Facebook page for updates, the 2015 season schedule will be posted in December/January.
The upcoming 10/18/14 Kids First tournament is the last tournament of the 2014 season and will include a NO COST awards dinner for competitors following the weigh in AT the Top O The River in Michie, TN. Yes, Moms are invited too!
The format will be a little different from our other tournaments. We will blast off at our normal “safe light” time from the Dry Dock ramp at Pickwick Landing. We are requesting that after the teams weigh in their catch to then proceed to the Top O The River, where we will all be seated in a private room. During dinner the day’s tournament winners will be announced and trophies/prizes given out, then we will present our three Youth AOY and Team AOY awards followed by the WWJD awards.
Whether you have been interested in fishing with Kids First but haven’t yet (first time teams are welcome to join us), if you have only been able to fish a tournament or two, or if you are a Kids First regular this is the perfect time to come and have a great day fishing with your youth partner and enjoy a fantastic dinner provided by the Top O The River.
Top O The River is a short 15 minute drive from Pickwick Landing West on Highway 57, and is located right on Highway 57 with lots of open parking. As competitors ourselves we realize that a day of fishing can be long and exhausting for both the adult and the youth members, we are expecting the dinner and awards to last less than an hour. We hope you will take advantage of the fall weather, fishing, food, fun, and fellowship with Kids First on 10/18/14!
Directions to Top O The River
If you have any questions please feel free to email: Heath@KidsFirstFishing.com
There is still time to get the WWJD submissions in. Don't miss out on a chance to brag on your youth and have a chance to win BASS U scholarships or a guided trip with Roger Stegall.
Despite the hot and humid conditions nine teams including three new teams competed in today’s Kids First tournament. In addition to the Kids First tournament we also set up and cooked hamburgers and BBQ bologna for the Kids First and Worley Foundation competitors and spectators. The good folks hosting the Worley Foundation event blasted us off just after their 66 teams were released. The fishing conditions were tough, about half the field in each of the two tournaments returned to the scales with empty live wells.
Even in tough conditions a few teams always seem to figure out the bite. In their first year fishing with Kids First the team of Wayne and Fisher Holmes added a 1st place finish and second Big Fish to their 3rd place finish and Big Fish accomplishments for the year. They brought in a five fish limit tipping the scales at 12.35 pounds including a 3.66 pound kicker largemouth.
In second place the team of Mike Camp and Chad Wright in their first Kids First tournament of the year brought in four fish weighing in at 10.22 pounds and was anchored by a 3.48 largemouth.
The always consistent team of Wesley and Tyler Crotts brought in a three fish sack weighing 7.37 pounds that was anchored by a 3.08 pound largemouth earning them a 3rd place finish.The team of Nick Hart and Jaxson Sullivan placed 4th, this helped keep them in the Team AOY lead. Wesley and Tyler Crotts are in 2nd place and just a mere 6 points behind the leaders. Ricky and Cassidy Cox currently hold the 3rd place slot followed by Keith and Tyler Hughes in the 4th place slot. With one tournament to go the race is close, keep in mind that the lowest place points finish gets dropped.
In the Youth AOY standings Fisher Holmes has a commanding lead in the 10 and under category with 8.28 pounds for the year. There is a close race in the 11-14 year old age group between the current leader Cassidy Cox with 12.64 pounds and Jaxson Sullivan with 10.90 pounds. Ivy Bookout leads the 15-18 year old group with 6.43 pounds. She is followed by Bryan Johnson with 3.29 pounds. Youth there is still time to make a push on the Youth AOY race just one big fish could turn the standings around!
Today’s grab bags were provided by Thyseen Krupp and Strike King. The Worley folks and Hammer Rods also put together prizes for the Kids First kids. Thank you to all those folks who contributed prizes for the kids, and to Josh Williamson with Worley for weighing in our teams today.
Kids First has one tournament left in the 2014 season, it will be at Pickwick Landing on October 18. Don’t forget to you still have time get your WWJD Sportsmanship and Citizenship award submissions in. We are working on some special activities at the weigh in to complete this year’s season, be sure to check our website details will be posted as they develop.
Thank you to all that support Kids First – Adults, youth, sponsors, and spectators!
After taking off the month of August Kids First is getting back into gear with our 6th tournament of the year this Saturday at Pickwick Landing. The good folks running the Worley tournament are going to blast us off and will be hosting our weigh in at 2 p.m. Kids First sign in will be at our normal spot at the dry dock ramp.
We are holding a cooking fundraiser and will have a grill and tents set up next to the weigh in building. Burgers and BBQ bologna are on the menu! If your not fishing we invite you to bring your appetite and to come out and support the kids and the Worley foundation. If your fishing be sure to bring your appetite along with your largest five to the weigh in!
The fifth tournament of the 2014 Kids First season was held on 7/19/14 at JP Coleman state park. The Friday before the tournament held lots of rain. Despite the overcast but no rain forecast for Saturday, the 11 teams that competed where greeted with mist and drizzle for most of the day. The overcast skies and the rain for the previous few days had dropped the water temperature to a surprisingly cool 80 degrees. The air temperature started in the lower 70’s but gradually climbed to the low 80’s.. The lake was just under 414, and only a slight amount of water was being pulled through the generators.
Many of the competitors found catching fish difficult, and keepers were even harder to come by. Even though many found it difficult to find fish the veteran team of Nick Hart and Jaxson Sullivan put the puzzle together by late morning to end up with a record setting Kids First biggest sack of 22.90 pounds! Their 5 fish limit was anchored by an impressive 7.59 pound largemouth and a earned them first place and tournament big fish.
Despite being the last team to sign up for today’s event the team of Jeff and Johnathon Cox brought a 5 fish limit weighing 7.41 pounds and earned a the second place finish.
Just edging out Justin and Trae Tomlinson the team of Wayne and Fisher Holmes brought in a 3 fish sack weighing in at 5.07 pounds taking third place.
Today’s grab bags were provided by Vicious fishing and contained several spools of Vicious fishing line, stickers, and coupon. Door prize drawings were provided by B&B Outdoors, Bill Dance Outdoors, Bandit Lures, Mike Whitten, Hog Rustler, & Thyssen Krupp. Thank you to all of our sponsors for making sure all the kids go home with prizes! Thank you to all of the competitors that fished today despite the unfavorable weather conditions.
Nick Hart and Jaxson Sullivan hang on to their Team AOY points lead, Wesley and Tyler Crotts are following just 7 points behind, and Ricky and Cassidy Cox are currently in 3rd place just 11 points off the leaders.
The Youth AOY standings are as follows Fisher Holmes is leading the 10 and under group with 5.48 pounds. In the 11-14 year old group Cassidy Cox is leading with 12.64 pounds followed by Jaxson Sullivan with 10.90 pounds. In the 15-18 year old group Ivy Bookout is leading with 6.43 pounds. If your not in the lead don’t get discouraged all it takes is one good fish to change the standings!
We will take a break for the month of August and our next tournament will be back at Pickwick Landing state park on September 6, 2014.
JP Coleman was the site of the fourth Kids First tournament of the 2014 season. The weather conditions started with high humidity and in the mid 70’s then warming to the low 90’s under sunny skies. The water temperature was a very warm 87 degrees, making fish care a top priority. In spite of the warm humid conditions several anglers found a way to put very respectable sacks of fish on the scales.
In their first tournament with Kids First this year Brad Jones and Tate Tomlinson found 16.53 pounds of bass that included a 5.91 largemouth that firmly landed them in first place and tournament big fish.
The team Gary and Grant Riles for their second time in two tournaments took second place. Gary and Grant managed to boat a five fish limit weighing 14.57 pounds.
In their first Kids First tournament of the year Rodney and Fisher Young had a great showing taking third place with a five fish limit weighing in at 13.53 pounds.
Bandit Lures provided crankbaits for today’s grab bags. Door prize drawings were donated by B&B Outdoors, Bill Dance Outdoors, Bandit Lures, and Mike Whitten.
In the Team AOY race only one point separates Nick Hart/Jaxson Sullivan and Wesley/Tyler Crotts. Ricky/Cassidy Cox are only seven points out of first place. The AOY race is getting close and don’t forget we will take the six best finishes to calculate the year end points.
In the Youth AOY race Fisher Holmes is leading the 10 and under group with 3.76 pounds. In the 11-14 year old group Cassidy Cox is leading with 9.73 pounds followed by Jaxson Sullivan with 7.49 pounds. In the 15-18 year old group Ivy Bookout is leading with 6.43 pounds.
5/31/14 – Pickwick Landing State Park.
Rain showers overnight welcomed todays 18 teams with hot and humid conditions. At the blast off there was a light fog on the water and a slight breeze. As the day progressed the overcast conditions turned into sunny skies and the wind picked up bringing with it a welcome breeze making the upper 80 degree temperatures much more tolerable. The lake level had been holding steady near 414 for several weeks, and the 78 degree lake temperature had most bass in a summer time deep water pattern.
The team of Mike and Mary Keough built on their 3rd place finish in last month’s tournament and brought a 16.98 pound bag to the scales that included a 4.08 pound largemouth earning them a first place finish.
Rounding out the top three was another new team of Cole and Wyatt Higgenbotham who managed to catch 14.73 pounds.
Rounding out the top three was another new team of Cole and Wyatt Higgenbotham who managed to catch 14.73 pounds.
The 4.66 pound tournament Big Fish was brought in by the newcomers Wayne and Fisher Holmes.
Tournament grab bags were provided by mid-south fish attractant manufacturer Craw Cane and John Deer dealer Stribling Equipment. Door prizes were provided by Hammer Rods, B&B Outdoors, Bill Dance Outdoors, Mike Whitten, Kids First, and Thyssen Krupp. Thank you to all of the Kids First sponsors for supporting us!
After three tournaments the Angler Of the Year (AOY) categories are starting to heat up. In the Team AOY category there is currently a tie between the teams of Nick Hart/Jaxon Sullivan and Wesley Crotts/Tyler Crotts. Trailing behind by only 3 points is the team of Ricky and Cassidy Cox.
The current Youth AOY leaders are in the 10 and under age group is nine year old Fisher Homes with 2.07 pounds, the 11-14 age group is thirteen year old Cassidy Cox with 9.73 pounds, and the 15-18 age group is sixteen year old Ivy Bookout with 3.8 pounds. Keep in mind that we have four tournaments left this year, and all it takes is one bite to change the leader board.
Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all of the teams that fished Saturday. Our next tournament is on 6/21/14, please note that we will be launching from JP Coleman for our June and July tournaments!
The Catch A Dream Pickwick fund raiser was held at Pickwick Landing on 5/17/14. Catch A Dream is a non profit organization that helps to provide once in a life time hunting and fishing opportunities to youth with life threatening illnesses. Friday night was the benefit dinner and a silent auction. Saturday a 5K race along with a Bass tournament was held. The 2014 event raised over $13,000 for CAD! Kids First was blessed to be able to be onsite cooking for the fisherman and spectators at the weigh in. Many thanks to CAD, Sandie, Tony, and Shane for allowing Kids First to be apart of this great event. A special thank you to David Elder "The Grill Man" for his help planning and preparing the food.
Kids First held their second tournament of the 2014 season at Pickwick Landing State Park on Saturday 4/26/14. The 15 teams enjoyed the sunny mild weather at this event. The temperature was in the low 50’s at blast off and warmed up to the low 80’s by the 2:00 p.m. weigh in. The lake level was just above 413 with little current.
The 67 degree water temperatures have fish are in all stages of the spawn. Some anglers did well running the bank and sight fishing for bedding fish while others found pre and post spawn fish in deeper water. Catching fish was easy but catching keepers proved to be more difficult.
In their first time to fish with Kids First team of Tom Morrison and Bryce Morrison were on fire bringing a 5 fish limit weighing 16.50 pounds their limit was anchored by a very nice 4.48 pound bass. While that is an impressive weight, the real story is that they caught all their fish by 7:30 a.m. when their boat lost all battery power!
Following just behind in second place was another new to Kids First team of Eddie Smith and Hunter Smith. Their bigger fish also came early in the day. This team came to the scales with a 5 fish limit weighing 15.99 pounds and anchored by a 4.07 pound largemouth. Hunter brought in a 3.38 pound largemouth which will help move him up in the Youth AOY standings.
The race today was for third place between the Kids First veteran teams of Keough/Keough and Ranson/Ranson. There was only .17 pounds separating these two longtime friends. Mike Keough and Mary Keough were able to hold on to take 3rd place with a 5 fish limit of 13.41 pounds. Their bag was anchored by a 4.17 pound largemouth.
The tournament big fish was a 5.04 pound largemouth brought in by the team of Wesley and Tyler Crotts.
Todays grab bags consisting of Big Strike jigs and shaky head jigs were provided by Jewel Bait Company. Each youth angler was also draw and take home prizes provided by Hammer Rods, B & B Outdoors, Bill Dance Outdoors, Mike Whitten, Kids First, and Thyssen Krupp. All new anglers received Strike King tackle packs and sun glasses provided by Allstate & Kids First.
Tournament pictures, full tournament results, Team AOY, and Youth AOY standings have all been updated.
Thank you to all the sponsors that support Kids First and to all those teams that came out and fished today. We hope to see you back at Pickwick Landing for our next tournament on May 31, 2014.
The lake levels appear to be stable and the weather forecast is looking great for this Saturdays tournament!
Kids First will have a tent set up at the Catch A Dream tournament on May 17th at Pickwick Landing State Park. This charity event benefits a fantastic cause please show your support by donating, attending, or participating in the 5k run or bass tournament. Be sure to stop by our tent and say hello.
Eleven teams joined Kids First for the season opener on 3/22/14. Pickwick is still low from the winter draw down and the water temperature was in the low to mid 50’s. Friday’s weather was sunny with temperatures in the upper 70’s and big South winds. Tournament day was much different and teams were met with a cold front that brought with it moderate North winds. The air temperature was comfortable with lows in the 50’s and highs in the mid 60’s, and paired with overcast skies and a few rain showers.
Catching keepers proved to be difficult not a single team brought in a full limit, although there were several reports of lots of short fish being caught. Limits may have eluded our competitors but some still managed to find a few nice fish. Four different teams brought in fish over five pounds!
Kids First veteran team Cassidy Cox and her father Ricky Cox and 4.03 largemouth bass. The 4.03 pound largemouth was caught by Cassidy and gives her a nice lead in the youth angler of the year standings deservedly took first place with a three fish bag weighing 10.97 pounds. Their bag included a 5.14.
Kids First veteran team of Jaxon Sullivan and Grandfather Nick Hart extended last year’s success by securing second place with a two fish bag weighing 8.69 pounds. Their bag was anchored with a 6.32 pound largemouth that also earned them Big Fish of the tournament.
Newcomers Austin Justice and brother Nathan Ennis found themselves in a close race with another newcomer team of Bradley King and father Justin King. Each team brought in a two fish bag that included a 5 pounder. Austin Justice and Nathan Ennis managed to hold onto the lead by less than half a pound earning them third place.
Kids First friend Mike from Maryland donated the grab bag prizes for today’s tournament. Every junior angler was also able to take home door prizes provided by: Hammer Rods, B&B Outdoors, Mike Whitten, Bill Dance Outdoors, Thyssen Krupp, and Kids First. Also when each youth signs up for their first tournament they receive a huge Strike King tackle pack and Strike King sunglasses from Kids First and Allstate.
Congratulations to all the teams that competed today, we hope to see you again at our next tournament on 4/26/14 at Pickwick Landing.
New 2014 sign up sheet now available HERE. Having this completed will save some time on tournament morning.
We spent the last few hours putting together the Strike King tackle packs that EVERY junior gets when they sign up for their first tournament. Thank you Strike King for your very generous contribution - 18 Baits, 2 Stickers, and a hat! Kids First and Allstate will also be providing each junior with a new pair of Strike King sunglasses. That's well over $100 in gear, not to mention the other drawings and prizes. So come on out to a Kids First tournament and spend time some on the water with your kids, we are even providing the tackle!
The newest Kids First: Kids Corner: Introducing your toddler to fishing is posted on Advanced Angler.com.
Our first tournament is only three weeks away, and look forward to seeing all of you on 3/22/14. The entry fees will remain at $25, unfortunately the FLW/TBF has eliminated the $5 membership option we offered last year. This years Kids First/TBF youth dues will be $30 for the year.
Announcement - the first tournament date was changed from 3/29/14 to 3/22/14 due to a conflict with the FOM Legacy Pickwick event. Please pass this change along to your friends!
The Kids First 2014 season dates have been finalized and are looking forward to another great year! We are adding another tournament making 7 tournaments this year. There will be 5 tournaments launched from our normal location at Pickwick Landing State Park, and 2 tournaments will launch from JP Coleman State Park.
3/22/14 - Pickwick Landing (Changed from 3/29/14 due to FOM Legacy Event conflict)
4/26/14 - Pickwick Landing
5/31/14 - Pickwick Landing
6/21/14 - JP Coleman
7/19/14 - JP Coleman
9/6/14 - Pickwick Landing
10/18/14 - Pickwick Landing
Due to the hot weather there will be no tournament in August.
We have been hard at work lining up the details for 2014. The list of sponsors below have already commited to sponsoring Kids First in the upcoming year. We are still working on commitments from a few of last years sponsors and have made contacts with several new prospective sponsors.
Thank you to:
Please bare with us while we update the website with the new 2014 information. If a link or page isnt working please check back often we will have everything updated shortly.
Kids First is adding a angler of the year award in 2014. The AOY will be awarded in each of 3 age groups. More details coming soon!
Kids First and Advanced Angler.com are working on a regular column called Kids First Kids Corner. It is geared toward helping dads ensure fun and successful trips with their kids on the water. The first installment is about choosing the right lures for your kids.
Thank you to the Mid South Junior Bass Club for inviting Kids First to take part in the year-end tournament this weekend. It was great to meet all of you and we look forward to seeing you at next years Kids First tournaments!
We would also like to thank Top O the River for providing Saturday's dinner. The fish dinner was fantastic!
Our friends at Mid South Jr Bass club have invited Kids First members to fish in their year end two day tournament at JP Coleman State Park on October 26-27. There is NO entry fee and you will be fishing for trophies! Saturday's dinner will be provided at the ramp by Top O the River in Michie, TN. Drinks and desert will be provided by MSJB. Please bring a chair as picnic tables are limited. Blast off will be at safe light both days, weigh in times to be announced at the ramp.
MSJB has a different format than Kids First. The format for this tournament will be two separate youth divisions 6-14 year olds and 15-18 year olds. Each division will compete only against others in their age group. Each youth angler must cast, catch, and land their own fish. So that dads/adults are not left out they have the option to participate in a side pot for a one bass big fish with the other adults. In this event two youth and one adult angler are allow to compete in a boat.
For more information please contact Chris Morlock 901-604-6274
Kids First has been featured on Advanced Angler.com! Advanced Angler is a nationally respected website run by Dan O'Sullivan providing up to the minute tournament results, Pro fisherman interviews, and informative how to articles. Please take a minute to read the Kids First article and take advantage of all the good information Advanced Angler has to offer.
Kids First article link: http://advancedangler.com/?p=5230
Kids First is starting to plan for next years season. We are interested in hearing your suggestions for next year. Things like launching from other ramps, fishing different lakes, reducing the limit from 5 fish to 3 fish, etc. Please email Heath@kidsfirstfishing.com with any suggestions.
Kids First completed the sixth and final tournament for the 2013 season Saturday and WOW what a great year we have had! We had teams come from all over the mid-south compete this year. Most came from Mississippi and Tennessee, but if we even saw teams with members from Arkansas and Missouri!
We have had almost 40 different young people and their adult teammate’s fish with Kids First this year! It is fantastic to see that many youth interested in fishing and awesome that the same number of adults are willing to take the time to spend with them on the water and share the love for fishing. However, the biggest benefit of taking our youth fishing is just to be able to spend time with them, growing that relationship, and making lifelong memories.
Saturday provided great fishing weather having cooler than normal air temperatures and sunny skies. The water temperature was 86 degrees, and Pickwick was pretty calm until the boat traffic and generators started around 10 am. A North wind kept the eight teams competing for the title of Classic Champion comfortable as the sun raised the air temperature throughout the day.
The team of Hart and Sullivan brought an impressive 18.69 pound limit to the scales, their bag was anchored by a 4.13 pound largemouth and earned them first place and the title of Classic Champion. Newcomers Walker and Walker found the fish and put together a very respectable weight of 14.77 pounds earning them second place. Another new team Smith and Smith managed to bring in 12.86 pounds of bass earning them third place. Keeping the newcomer trend alive the new team of Gurley and Gurley just missed 3rd place by less than half a pound, but boated huge 5.01 pound largemouth earning big fish honors.
The team of Alan Ranson and Zack Ranson won the WWJD Sportsmanship Award sponsored by The Bass University. At the previous Kids First tournament both team members waded out into waist deep water in a effort to fizz and revive a struggling small mouth. Thank you for your dedication to our resource and for the positive example you set for others! Enjoy the two day Bass University class – you both earned it!
The team of Nick Hart and Jaxon Sullivan won the WWJD Citizenship Award sponsored by Roger Stegall Guide Service. Roger Stegall was at the weigh in to present the prize which was given away as the final door prize of the year. Enjoy the guided fishing trip guys!
Today’s grab bags were binoculars provided by Thyssen Krupp. Those should come in handy in the next few months when the bass start schooling and feeding on shad! We had enough door prize drawings for all the kids to take something home. The door prize drawings were provided by Hammer Rods, Bill Dance Outdoors, Mike Whitten, and Kids First. Water and Power Aid was provided by Coca Cola of Corinth.
David and Matt were also at the weigh in providing jig tying seminars for the kids. Lots of folks took home a hand tied jig, customized to their specifications! Thank you for coming out twice this year.
Thank you to all the teams that took the time to come out and fish with Kids First this year! You guys are the reason for this tournament series. Seeing all the dads, grand dads, uncles, friends of the family, and mentors taking the time to spend the day on the water with a youth puts a smile on our faces, take a look at all the weigh in pictures and you can see the smiles on the kids’ faces as well – thank you!
Thank you to all the sponsors that help to make Kids First successful. Your help providing prizes, trophies, drinks, fliers, grab bags, and all the other things that go into hosting a tournament series is greatly appreciated!
Our final tournament of the 2013 season is THIS Saturday 6/29/13. It is called the Classic but is open to new teams as well. Dont miss your last chance this season to see what Kids First has to offer.
Deadline for submissions for the WWJD awards is this Wednesday 6/26/13 - email them to Heath@kidsfirstfishing.com. Dont miss out on the opportunity to win a scholarship to a Bass University or a guided trip on Pickwick from Roger Stegal guide service.
David will be on site at the weigh in providing a FREE jig tying seminar, if you missed a chance to sit down and learn to tie a jig at the April tournament now is your opportunity to do it!
Today’s tournament conditions were beautiful! The high was in the low 90’s and sun was shining. A slight north wind blew helping to keep the 12 teams in today’s tournament cool on the water. The lake water temperature was in the low 80’s and a little higher than summer pool on a slow rise even with the generators pulling water.
Most competitors spent their time searching for fish on main lake humps and ledges or searching for grass lines to find the big fish. The team of Ranson and Ranson figured out the pattern and brought a very impressive 19.22 pounds to the scales, just edging out the team of Perkins and Dunkin’s outstanding catch of 18.74 pounds. The team of Cox and Cox won third place with a nice 14.32 pound bag. There bag was anchored by a giant 6.90 pound largemouth that also won tournament big fish.
Today’s grab bags for all the youth competitors included Craw Cane and two spools of Vicious fishing line. U2 Livewell formula was provided to all competitors at the sign in to help improve fish mortality and Coca Cola of Corinth provided Powerade for the competitors at the weigh in.
There were enough door prizes for drawings so all the youth competitors took something home. Door prize drawings were provided by Hammer Rods, Bill Dance Outdoors, Hog Rustler, Mike Whitten, & David Elder. This season each of the new youth competitors were given Strike King provided tackle packs at the sign in.
Several youth competitors stayed after the weigh in to participate in the father’s day present project. The father’s day project had the youth making floating key chains, by using 550 cord and tying a monkeys fist knot around a ping pong ball. Not only will the keychain float boat keys it can be unwrapped and the 550 cord used to replace a broken trolling motor pull cord.
Time is running out to get your WWJD award submissions in. A few written paragraphs could win your youth partner a scholarship for two to a Bass University or a guided fishing trip on Pickwick with Roger Stegal. Visit the 2013 Schedule/Results page for the award details.
Kids First would like to thank all the competitors that took the time to bring a youth fishing today, and a huge thank you for all the sponsors and individuals that help to make Kids First possible!
Our next tournament will be 6/29/13 at Pickwick Landing State Park – Dry Dock ramp. This tournament will be our last event for the 2013 season. The tournament is called the “Classic” but is open to new teams as well. Don’t miss out on your last chance to fish with Kids First this year!
The next tournament is THIS Saturday!
Dont forget to get your nominations in for the WWJD awards, a paragraph or two could win BIG prizes. Take a minute and recognize your youth partner for their achievements.
This morning brought with it heavy fog, it was a surprise for most of the 14 teams that competed today. After a little delay to the start of today’s tournament many teams played it safe and stayed close to the state park to begin their fishing day. From the “hooting and hollering” this competitor heard through the fog there were some nice fish caught early and close!
The air temperature started off in the mid 60’s and gradually climbed into the low 80’s. The fog stuck around for a good portion of the morning, after it cleared the sun came out and brought with it sunny skies and a light South West wind. The water temperature varied depending on location but ranged from 68-71 degrees. Bass were in all stages of the spawn – pre, spawn, and post fish were caught and brought to the scales. Most every team brought a full limit of 5 fish to the scales, and with that smile’s on the faces of all the kids!
First place was a battle between the teams of Perkins/Casteel and Crotts/Crotts. The difference between 1st and 2nd came down to a nail biter weigh in separated by just ounces……………………………..Early on Perkins and Casteel brought awesome 18.02 pounds of fish to the scales but had to wait until all the competitors weighed in, Crotts and Crotts were second to the last to weigh their fish. After a breathless long silence while all waited for the scale to settle out it read a total of 17.80 pounds to earn them 2st place. Perkins and Casteel’s sack 18.02 lb sack was anchored by a 6.12 lb largemouth that also earned big bass honors today. The team of Ross and Ross took a much deserved 3rd place with a 16.27 pound weight anchored by a beautiful small mouth. The team of Keough and Keough just missed 3rd place with a 15.76 pound total weight, anchored by a 4.68 lb largemouth.
Today’s grab bags for all the kids were sponsored by Bandit Lure Company and U2 Pro Formula Live Well treatment courtesy of Kids First. Bottled water was provided by Coca Cola of Corinth, MS. Today’s door prize drawings brought all the competitors a big treat. Danny from Hog Rustler stopped by providing Alabama Rigs and some logo shirts, new sponsor Top O The River in Michie, TN contributed T-Shirts, Shane from Hammer Rods provided a new Hammer rod, Bill Dance provided at autographed hat and DVD, and finally the personal lure pack donations from Mike Whitten. Every youth competitor went home with something in addition to their grab bags! Also this year every youth competitor receives a Strike King tackle pack (with baits that will work at Pickwick) valued around $50 when they sign up for their first tournament.
Kids First would like to thank all the competitors that despite the foggy conditions came out to fish today, you guys are the reason for Kids First and we appreciate your participation. A huge thank you to all of our sponsors, who help make all these fantastic grab bags and drawing prizes possible.We have two tournaments left this year so it’s not too late to try out a Kids First tournament and experience how much fun you can have on the water with your child, grandchild, or youth friend of the family.Our next tournament is June 15th at Pickwick Landing State Park. It is the day before Father’s day and we will have a no cost Father’s day craft project for the kids after the weigh in, if you have a few minutes to stay after the weigh in let your kids make or even help your kids make your Father’s day present. To keep it practical we will make a floating key chain for your boat keys, so it is something dads can actually use!!
The team of Bookout and Bookout took first place with a total weight of 15.39 pounds. Their bag was anchored by two 4 pound largemouth, one of which tipped the scales at 4.67 pounds narrowly beating the team of Schoonover and Schoonover’s 4.61 pound smallmouth to also earn big fish honors. Following closely in second place was the team of Crotts and Crotts who weighed in 14.79 pounds. Third place was a battle with just mere ounces separating several teams. Three teams brought in 12 pound bags today, but the team of Keough and Keough edged them out with a total weight of 13.14 pounds to take home the 3rd place finish.
David and Matt were at the weigh in today giving jig tying demonstrations and providing tying tips and suggestions. Several of the youth competitors took on the challenge of tying their own jigs, they all turned out excellent! David provided some of his favorite colors and styles in a “Pickwick Pak” for a door prize drawing that was won by J Sullivan.
Jewel Bait Company provided today’s grab bags that were given to all youth competitors and contained an assortment of football head jigs, finesse jigs, shaky head jigs, and several jig heads. These door prize drawing items were provided by Mike Whitten and Kids First and include a Zoom worm pack won by S Ross, Strike King crankbaits won by N Surratt, a Grub Assortment won by T Crotts, and a Jig pack won by M Smootherman. Bill Dance Outdoors provided a autographed hat won by J Schoonover and DVD won by F Young.
Kids First would like to thank all the brave competitors that attended today despite the weather. A big thank you goes out to David and Matt for taking the time to share their knowledge and time with the youth competitors. Kids First would not be possible without the support of its sponsors and private donations – thank you to all those that support Kids First!
The next Kids First tournament is May 18th at Pickwick Landing State Park, we hope to see you then.
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Quick reminder that our next tournament is this Saturday 4/27/13. There will be a quick jig tying class after the weigh in so be sure to stick around, you might just pick up some new jig fishing tips!
This will be the last tournament to gain eligiblity to be able to fish in the Tennessee State TBF Youth tournament the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend on Kentucky Lake.
The TBF Youth tournament information has been finalized and posted on the Tennessee TBF website. It will be
held on 5/25/13 at Kentucky Lake. Any youth Kids First member meeting the state requirments and having fished in at least (1) Kids First tournament this year is invited to fish. More information can be found HERE or email Heath@kidsfirstfishing.com for more details.
Winners were chosen after Saturdays weigh in for our Kids First Promotion, Congratulations to Mike Camp on winning the Lonnies Sporting Goods $200 Gift Card and to Patty Kitty for winning the custom knife by Eric Miller. Thanks to all that supported Kids First and to Lonnies and Eric Miller for providing these great prizes.
Ten teams showed up to fish Saturday despite the rain and thunderstorms in the forecast, we were greeted with temperatures in the mid 40’s, cloudy skies, and a lake level recently dropped below winter pool. The wind was only 5-10 mph today which was a nice change from the last few weekend’s windy conditions.
Despite the forecasted rain we all stayed dry until the weigh in when it started to drizzle. Most teams found a few fish but there were a couple stand outs that figured out the day’s pattern. The team of Crump and Crump brought five fish to the scales topping out at 14.88 pounds securing first place. The second place team was Crotts and Crotts trailing the leader by less than two pounds. Their five fish weighed 13.01 pounds. The big battle today was for third place and was decided by just three ounces. The team of Camp and Day had a five fish limit that weighed 11.70 pounds. The team of Tomlinson and Tomlinson had a three fish limit weighing in at 11.38 pounds. Camp and Day narrowly held on to third place. Tomlinson and Tomlinson took home big fish honors for their 5.68 pound largemouth.
Todays “grab bags” were provided by Strike King and was an unbelievable tackle pack containing: worms, tubes, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, worm weights, stickers, and a hat. Our door prize drawings included a Hammer Rod won by J Sullivan, Lure packs provided by Mike Whitten won by T Tomlinson and G Crump, Bill Dance DVD won by C Cox, and Bill Dance Autographed Hat won by T Crotts.
Thank you to all of the competitors, volunteers, and sponsors for your support! Our next tournament will be on April 27, 2013. David Elder will be on site hosting a jig tying class after the weigh in. The kids will get a firsthand demonstration of jig tying and will be able to pick out the colors for their own jig. David can also show them how tie new skirts on their favorite spinnerbait or jig, so be sure to bring them with you.
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We have received a donation of assorted lures from Mike Whitten, these will be added to our door prize drawings at the weigh in. Thank you Mike!
Kids First is excited about the addition of two special awards for the juniors this year. They are the What Would Jesus Do awards:
Kids First knows that kids often do great things that go unrecognized and this is our way of saying “Good Job.” We also hope these awards will inspire the juniors to go the extra mile now and in the future. Each award has different criteria and a different selection process so be sure to read all the details of each award.
Kids First is attempting to organize a Boater Safety class to be held at Pickwick. The details of when and where are still being worked out. If this is something you and/or your youth would be intrested in attending please email Heath@kidsfirstfishing.com . We need to gage and report the interest level for the TWRA Boater Safety Instructor.
After weigh in activities have been added to a few of this years tournaments:
4/27/13 - David Elder will host a quick jig tying class at the weigh in. Kids will be able to tie or have David tie a jig in whatever colors they pick out. Bring an old jig or spinner bait and have a new skirt tied on it.
6/15/13 - Kids First will be having a Fathers Day gift making project after the weigh in. Plan to spend a few minutes after the weigh in and let the kids make their Fathers Day present for you.
There is no cost to participate in these programs.
This morning 7 teams turned out to battle the snow flurries, cold, wind, and bass on the Kids First season opener. The morning meeting at the ramp was a chilly 34 degrees with snow flurries and a 9 mph NNW wind, but hot chocolate helped warm the competitors up before the take off. The temperature warmed near 40 as the day progressed and the snow flurries were constant, but the winds picked up speed topping out around 17 mph.
Needless to say that created some challenging boating and fishing conditions. Some teams chose to stay close to the ramp and others braved the journy up river, but all returned safely. If the weather wasn't a big enough challenge the fishing proved to be difficult as well. Lots of short fish were willing to bite but 15" fish were far and few between. No team was able to fill a full 5 fish limit.
The team of Holloway/Bishop brought 3 fish to the scales with a total weight of 10.20 pounds and took first place hornors. Their bag was anchored by a 4.87 pound largemouth that also earned tournament big fish. Second place was taken by Crotts/Crotts with a 3 fish bag weighing 7.52 pounds. Third place went to Bookout/Bookout with a 2 fish bag weighing 3.99 pounds.
Grab bags for this event were provided by Hog Rustler. Door prize drawing winners were: Tommy Franks winning a rod provided by Hammer Rods, Tyler Crotts winning a Bill Dance DVD, and Ivy Bookout winning a Bill Dance autographed hat.
Thank you to all the Kids First sponsors that help make these events possible and to all the teams that came out to brave the harsh conditions today. Our next tournament is only three weeks away on 3/23/13. The weather and the bite should be much better by then. We hope to see you at the ramp!
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While getting your boat ready and gear packed up for Saturday's tournament dont forget to check the date on your fishing license. The combo license usually expire today. Also be sure if your jr. partner is 13-15 years old they have a Junior license, 16 years and up require a regular fishing license.
The new 2013 tournament rules and 2013 entry form have been added to the site. Please take a moment to read through the new rules as there are a few changes from last year. Please bring the entry form to the ramp already completed.
The Selmer Outdoor show had a great turnout, thank you to all that attended.
Sponsor and Link page has been updated with the current 2013 season sponsors.
Hog Rustler Lures has signed on to sponsor Kids First this year. Glad to have them on board!
David from Bone Head Custom jigs has volunteered to do a jig tying seminar after the weigh in of one of our tournaments. We will post the tournament date as soon as the details are determined.
Thank you for your offer David, we cant wait for the seminar it is sure to be informative.
A BIG thank you goes out to Jaco-Bryant printing for supplying this years tournament flyers - They look GREAT!
Just a reminder of the upcoming Sportsmans Banquet in Selmer, TN on 2/23/13. It benifits a great cause and is sure to be a great time. Get your tickets and be sure to stop by our booth and say hello.
More information about the event can be found here: 2013 Sportsmans Banquet
Kids First is happy to announce Bandit Lures is returning as sponsor for the upcoming season.
Kids First greatfully welcomes Jewel Bait Company as a sponsor for the 2013 season.
Kids First will be joining with the FLW/TBF (The Bass Federation) starting with the 2013 season. By forming a youth club, Kids First will be able to provide new opportunities to all our participants. We will still be operating an “open” type tournament format, but will require all youth to join the FLW/TBF in order to fish in our events. The cost will be very minimal with two youth membership options of either $5.00 or $25.00. Either membership option will allow the youth to fish in Kids First tournaments. The difference is the $25 membership will allow full online access to the FLW site and will receive the FLW magazine. The adult boaters are NOT required to join. All membership dues must be paid thru Kids First and can be paid at the ramp the day of the tournament along with your entry fee. The youth FLW/TBF dues are only paid once a year at the first tournament fished.
Some of the FLW/TBF benefits include Kids First being able to send youth fisherman to the state tournament and qualifiers there can go on to fish in the TBF nationals held in conjunction with the Forest Wood Cup. It also provides club insurance to participants and volunteers. In addition to the insurance the TBF youth membership provides all participants each boater must carry $100,000 in boater liability insurance.
How will this affect the Kids First tournaments? The actual tournament will be no different than in years past. The only real difference will be the annual $5.00 youth membership that will be paid to the FLW/TBF, there will be a little more paperwork to fill out at the first tournament, boater insurance is required, and we now have the ability to send interested qualified youth anglers to the state TBF tournament. Other than those things the partnering should be transparent.
My youth partner is interested in fishing the national TBF tournament, what do I need to do? The first step will be to qualify at the Kids First club level. Kids First can send (3) youth fisherman to the state tournament in each of the two age groups, 11-14 and 15-18. If you finish in the top (3) in your age group you would then fish in the state tournament, each of the winners from the state tournament would be eligible to fish in the nationals.
Why do I have to pay FLW/TBF dues for my youth angler, they are not interested in fishing at the state or national level? To cut to the chase it boils down to liability protection for the organizers, sponsors, volunteers, and participants. Forming a youth club is the most cost effective way to accomplish that. Since Kids First is a not for profit organization significant Kids First membership due’s would be required to cover the several thousand dollar cost of carrying private insurance. Kids First feels that the once a year $5.00 membership is very affordable and is in line with the spirit of the Kids First philosophy with keeping the cost affordable to any one that wanted to fish.
Why do I as the adult boater need to have my own boat insurance, you said the youth TBF membership covers tournament participants? The TBF insurance does cover all participants, and you the boater as a secondary policy to the boater liability insurance. The club will actually be the named insured, you as the boater will also be covered under the club policy as a boat captain, however, TBF requires that each boater carry their own $100,000 minimum boat liability insurance.
There will be more information coming with specifics on other benefits, how points will be recorded, how to qualify, who will be eligible, and other items. We look forward to these new opportunities offered by joining with the FLW/TBF.
Kids First is working hard finalizing details for the 2013 season. Keep checking back frequently for updates.......... Our first tournament is 3/2/13 dont forget to write in on the calender.
Kids First warmly welcomes back sponsors Lonnies Sporting Goods and Allstate's Nick Hart. Thank you for your continued support.
Corrected date for Selmer Outdoor show from 12/3/12 post. Outdoor show will be on 2/23/13.
Kids First is excited to welcome Vicious Fishing as a 2013 sponsor!
The upcoming year is shaping up to be better than ever. Kids First has many more new things in the works, please check back often for new information and program updates.
Kids First is planning on having a booth set up at the Outdoor show in Selmer, TN on 2/23/13. We will be there to answer questions and to pass out Kids First information as well as sponsor literature, be sure to stop by and say hello.
Kids First is proud to annouce the introduction of the (What Would Jesus Do) WWJD Citizenship award for the 2013 season. The WWJD Citizenship award is sponsored by Roger Stegall Guide Service. The WWJD Citizenship and WWJD Sportsmanship awards will be presented at the end of the year at our Classic event. More details about both of the awards to be announced soon!
Happy Veterans day - Thank you to all those that have served and are currently serving to protect our freedom.
Kids First Announces 2013 Season Tournament dates:
So even if you fish in these tournaments you can still fish the entire Kids First series. Go ahead write the Kids First dates on your calander!
We still have more exciting things to be announced, so check back often for updates!
The Bass Classic tournament held big challenges for most of the 9 competing teams. The day started with a light breeze but quickly turned into steady 10-15 SE winds along with mild temperatures and partly cloudy skies. Fishing was difficult for most today with almost half the field unable to land a weighable fish.
Congratulations to the first place team of Crotts/Crotts who brought 14.91 pounds to the scale, their bag was anchored by a 4.52 small mouth that also earned them big fish. Second place was taken by Hughes/Hughes with a total weight of 7.26 pounds. Third place went to Riles/Riles with a 6.14 pound bag.
Thanks to all for a great 2nd Kids First season, and look forward to seeing everyone again next year.