Kids Fishing and Education is hosting a high school team tournament on Beaver Lake on April 26. Tournament will be open to all freshmen through senior students with no entry fees or membership charges. Students from any state or any school are invited to come and fish for $4,500 in scholarships and prizes. Included in this prize package is a bonus $1,000 scholarship awarded to the highest placing team fishing in a G3 Boat. Also included in the prize package is a new Minnkota Fourtrex 80 lb. thrust trolling motor to be awarded to the team weighing in the biggest fish of the tournament. These national sponsors make this event possible; Crappie Masters, Minnkota, Humminbird, Talon, Mid South Tackle, G3 Boats, BugBand and Johnson Fishing.
Sunday morning registration and rules meeting will be held at the Northwest Arkansas Mall, 4201 N Shiloh Drive, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703. Registration will begin at 5:30 AM on April 26 at the mall. Remember that you will need a parent/guardian to sign a release for you to fish. An entry form/wavier can be downloaded for printing here.
Fishing hours will be from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM on April 26. You must be in the weigh in line by 2:30 PM or you will be disqualified. Weigh in is at the Northwest Arkansas Mall. Each team will be required to have a boating captain 19 years or older. Life jackets, PFDs, will be required to be worn by students at all times while in the boat. Boating captain can assist in all aspects of fishing except for: handling fishing poles, baiting hooks and netting fish. Trailering and launching is permitted at any access on Beaver Lake. Team can weigh a limit of 7 crappie and are to be brought to weigh in line in a cooler, buckets and tournaments bag are not acceptable. This is a crappie only tournament.
Grenada Lake, Grenada, Mississippi was the location for the inaugural Kids Fishing & Education high school team tournament on Sunday march 29. Ten teams competed for $7,200 in scholarships and prizes. Mother Nature brought cool temperatures and high winds, but that didn’t stop these students from giving it their all on tournament day, even a team all the way from Brighton, Tennessee. Even though fishing conditions proved to be tough, with the help of some great boat captains every team was able to weigh in.
The first place team of Marshall Taylor and Joshua Gafford, representing Grenada high and being captained by Kevin Jones Jr., sponsored by the Missouri Corn Growers Association/American Ethanol, weighed in a 7 fish limit at 12.34 pounds. The team was awarded $2,500 for their achievement.
The team of Cody Cahill and Justin Schmidt came in second place with the weight of 2.65 pounds and received $1,500 in scholarship money. The weight of 2.65 pounds came from one fish that held on to be the big fish of the tournament and earning them a Humminbird 899 SI graph.
Coming in third place was the team of Hayden Breland and Noah Porter, they received a $1,000 scholarship that was kindly donated by Dolly Marascalo of Sav-mor Drug store in Grenada, Mississippi.
The team of Michael Turner and Justin Ladner received the G3 Bonus $1,000 scholarship for the highest placing team fishing in a G3 Boat.
The fourth and fifth place teams received Bass Pro Shops Memphis $50 gift cards, sixth, seventh and eighth place teams all received a gift package donated by Fish Balls. Ninth and tenth place teams received a gift package donated by Crappie Masters, Bug Band, and Mid South Tackle.
During the award ceremony, when asked what was the motivation to compete in a fishing tournament the majority answered “for the scholarships offered”. Students mentioned pursuing a wide range of majors from veterinary medicine to youth ministry. We wish them all success in their chosen fields and a lifetime of enjoying the great outdoors.
A huge thank you goes to all the boating captains that freely give their time and equipment to allow these students to compete. Martin Metal, Road Runner and B&B Fishing all sponsored a team.
Special thanks to the Grenada Tourism Commission, the city of Grenada and the Army Corp of Engineers for supporting this event from the very beginning and assisting us along the way.
Special thanks to our National Sponsors that include; Crappie Masters, G3 Boats, Bug Band, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Talon, and Johnson.