Nothing beats the smile on a kid’s face when they catch a fish!
That’s the inspiration behind the Johnny Morris Happy Fishin’ Contest, in which 10 passionate youngsters ages 17 and under will win their very own boat and join in the fun at the US Open National Bass Fishing Championships on Table Rock Lake in November.
Noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris has spent a lifetime fishing and connecting more kids and families to nature. Now, he wants to celebrate kids who love to fish and attract even more families to put down their digital devices and pick up a fishing rod.
“We’re looking for some of the most passionate and enthusiastic youngsters out there to help inspire others to get out and enjoy the outdoors,” Johnny Morris said. “There is no better feeling than seeing the joy and excitement on a young angler’s face when they catch a fish. It’s what sparks a lifelong love of the outdoors. We hope every kid who loves to fish submits a video – let’s create some happy memories!”
Each winner will receive a new Bass Tracker Classic XL boat, motor and trailer, a $500 Bass Pro Shops gift card, a US Open jersey and amenity bag with exclusive gear, full travel and lodging for the winner and one guardian to Big Cedar Lodge on Table Rock Lake in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains and the chance to compete in a special kids fishing tournament during the US Open National Championships.
To enter, kids should create a video of two minutes or less that shows a passion for fishing. Grownups can help film, but the kids need to tell their story and why they love to fish. Submit the videos and a completed entry form to www.basspro.com/KidsFishing by Oct. 24 and a panel of celebrity anglers will review each video and select 10 winners. The winners will be announced on Nov. 2.