Shimano helping high school bass anglers

Shimano announces high school-college fishing program

Published By OutdoorsFIRST Media
Published November 28, 2016

To engage young anglers – especially those already enjoying the growing popularity in high school and college bass fishing tournaments, Shimano will kick-off its youth fishing program on December 1, announces Steve Ferrara, Shimano fishing division vice president. The program aims to introduce and educate high school and college age anglers on Shimano tackle to help them have more fishing success, create lifetime relationships even beyond their time on the water, and open their eyes and teach young anglers about the sustainable use of the resource. “We want them to further appreciate the sport in more ways than just catching a big bass,” Ferrara said.

Shimano ‘Youth Fishing Coordinator’ Frank Hyla, who has been active in high school bass fishing scene in Illinois since its inception in 2008, will lead Shimano’s efforts. In laying the groundwork for Shimano’s program, Hyla has attended more than 200 tournaments and youth fishing group meetings over this past year to both talk about Shimano and its tackle and advocacy effort

“Through Frank and our team’s efforts, we’ve designed our high school and college angling program to be much more than just have having these student anglers use our tackle,” said Ferrara. “Our plans include not only helping them pursue their passion for competitive fishing, but also guide and mentor them as they navigate their way to potential careers in the sportfishing, outdoors or natural resources fields.

The Shimano program starts with the school’s coach or fishing club youth director. Once recognized by Shimano, “we’ll start our partnership with these young anglers, providing program details, information on Shimano, G. Loomis, PowerPro and Jackall tackle and our advocacy efforts, and how they can participate in Shimano’s special ‘Varsity’ purchase program,” said Hyla. “We’ll reach out to our student partners through a monthly e-newsletter with further information on tackle and techniques, upcoming tournaments and events where we will be involved, and other program updates and opportunities.”…Read More