Hoisting their trophies alongside Angler Young Angler event director Chuck Hurley, left, are from left, Max Vande Slunt, Caden Da Maa and Adam Vande Slunt.
Hoisting their trophies alongside Angler Young Angler event director Chuck Hurley, left, are from left, Max Vande Slunt, Caden Da Maa and Adam Vande Slunt.

   The 11th-annual Angler Young Angler Fishing Tournament gave 94 children the opportunity to build lifelong memories out on the water.

   The event handed out $11,000 in scholarships and gave youngsters the opportunity to go through the same process they would in a professional fishing tournament Saturday, June 15 at Deacon Mills Park in Green Lake.

   “The kids, they go through all the phases, they come the evening before the tournament for the rules meeting, like the professionals do,” event director Chuck Hurley said. “They have a start in the morning where they all take off and go to their spots and they have a deadline when they have to be back. What differentiates this from other youth events is that there is the weigh-in.”

   After the weigh-in, participants get up on stage. While the tournament did have a winning boat, as well as individual winners, each participant received prizes that included a trophy, rod, reel, tackle and tackle bag.

   Each team was allowed to bring in five smallmouth bass, and the one with the heaviest haul was deemed the winner.

Read the full story in the June 27th edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.