Moorhead, MN-Saturday May 6th, 2017 was the first time a Future Angler Youth and Family fishing clinic was held at Elevate Human Potential (EHP) Cross Fit in Moorhead, MN. In January 2017, National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) member Spencer Deutz #552 approached EHP about the opportunity to host such an event and they agreed without hesitation.
With days of preparation and the need for nice weather, the event was a success. At 12 pm, 33 Future Anglers gathered inside the gym in anticipation of the interactive seminar led by Spencer Deutz. They learned why fishing is fun, the importance of keeping our waterways clean of Aquatic Nuisance Species, water safety, fish identification, why memories are not made playing video games, and much more.
Following the seminar, the Future Anglers broke up into groups and rotated through four different stations. At these stations, they learned how to tie fishing knots, measure fish, use an underwater camera, proper bait for different seasons, and different casting techniques. The kids enjoyed using the Backyard Bass game to practice their casting techniques. They also had the opportunity to walk through a 2017 Ranger 620FS powered by a Yamaha V MAX SHO VF250 supplied by Moritz Sport and Marine in Bismarck, ND.
When all the learning was over, each Future Angler was given a rod/reel combination, a t-shirt, and fishing journals courtesy of the NPAA Future Anglers Foundation. They also received SunButter-Sunflower Butter Creamy On The Go Single Cups, jigs, and bobbers from Northland Tackle and key chains from Yamaha Outboards.
Other volunteers at the event include NPAA Member Chris Holte #1012, Ron Deutz, Carley Deutz, John Lee, Karla Solum, and Joy Solum.
In all, 33 Future Anglers and 17 adults attend the event.