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Youth Bassmasters prepare for new season / September 02, 2020
“It’s a new season for our fishing club,” Mecklenburg County Youth Bassmasters coach Steve Whitten said. And with that new season comes a new slate of tournaments.

Whitten said before kids can get on the boat or fish from the banks with the club, several pieces of information must be completed.

“New updated release forms for each angler will need to be completed and returned to me before Sept. 4,” Whitten said. “Forms can be scanned to my email or mailed to me.”

BASS membership dues have been paid by MCYB and won’t expire until June 30. But a $20 payment will be needed for state and national dues.

“Do not let your membership expire,” Whitten warned. “You can pay those dues at: School. A membership in BASS allows anglers to fish in adult tournaments.”

Upcoming tournaments

Sept.12 — North Lake Gaston/Holly Grove Marina (verified)

Oct.11 — North Kerr Lake/Occoneechee State Park Boat Ramp (waiting to be verified)

March 7 — Parkway Marina/Smith Mt. Lake North (not verified)

April 11 — North Chic River/James River Park, Rt. 5 Bridge (not verified)

April 24-26 » Junior State Championship TBA (not verified)

June 19 — Joseph A Thompson Six Man Scholarship Memorial Tournament/Occoneechee Ramp Kerr Lake (not yet verified)

Practice for the Sept. 12 meet at Holly Grove Marina on Lake Gaston is set for Friday, Sept. 11 and participation in the practice is optional. Whitten stressed that anyone who wants to fish in the first tournament should send the necessary information to him as soon as possible.

The club has already received new members and Whitten made clear boat captains and insurances need to be in place. Whitten made the point that finding boat captains at the last minute was near impossible and just not the way things should be done.

Whitten is looking for the fishing club to have a successful season. The coach did note that due to COVID-19 concerns, the first meeting of the year before the first tournament was not scheduled to take place, right now.

“We will not be having a meeting before the first tournament,” Whitten said. “It’s just too risky. If anything changes and we can meet, we will let you know.”

You can contact MCYB by calling 434-738-8574. “I hope all you are ready to participate in the tournament and are ready to go,” Whitten said.

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