Wow, it seems like New Year’s just occurred, but we are already into month two for 2019. Time passes so quickly. Before we know it, spring will be here, and it will be catfish catching everywhere! January overall was warmer and it brought a good catfish bite. February can also be much of the same.
Just after New Year’s, I attended the 2019 National Professional Angers Association (NPAA) annual conference. It was a super event. There were many quality fishing vendors, good speakers, and on-point seminars and breakouts. “Turning Ripples into Waves” was the theme and it was all about bringing youth into our fishing sport no matter the species they pursue.
On-the-floor discussions centered around how to reach the next generation to ensure they appreciate our country’s superb outdoor resources and learn how to fish. The world is becoming a smaller place and so is our country. Urbanization is depriving our youth of the nature experiences many of us senior Americans took for granted as the way of life. Many adults with children have never had the opportunity to teach their children abut the outdoors.
This requires all of us to pull together and teach both adults and children the basics of fishing and techniques necessary for successful fishing experiences. I met several representatives of organizations who were present at the conference doing just that — teaching thousands of future anglers. The NPAA’s youth program was able to raise around $26,000 for their youth fishing programs. Several donors increased this funding level substantially at the end of the conference.
After the fundraising auction, several donors contributed funds to be used to pay for new youth memberships. Crappie Now and Catfish Now contributed funds to pay for three (3) youth memberships for 2019. We will seek to sign up three young people to participate in the 2019 NPAA youth membership program. In total, 100 new youth memberships were funded for 2019.
If you can, volunteer some time to take a young person fishing, or take someone fishing who has never fished and give them an experience of a lifetime. It will never be forgotten. Bringing them to the outdoors builds ripples into waves. I plan to work toward this goal myself.
See you at the Crappie Madness crappie fishing seminars at a Bass Pro Shops or Cabela’s near you. Check out the schedule and attend!
God Bless and Good Fishing,
Dan Dannenmueller, Publisher