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By Louie Stout

Indiana Bass Federation North Division Youth Tournaments

Competitive bass fishing isn’t just for adults.

In fact, the Indiana Bass Federation North Division has slated its tournament schedule for northern Indiana kids high school age and younger.

The season kicks off July 17 at Barbee Chain. Subsequent events are on Lake Manitou (Aug. 27), Hudson Lake (Sept. 17), Lake Shafer (Oct. 2) and Maxinkuckee (April 29, 2023).

There are two age groups: one for 8th graders and under and another for 9-12 grades. It’s a two-person team format and each team must supply a boat captain (age 19 or older). Youths are encouraged to establish their own team although individual entries can be accepted and will be assigned to someone else as a teammate.

Youth Trophies

North Division Youth Director Charles Largen said the events typically drawn about 50 kids in 25 boats. Tournaments start around 6 a.m. and run for eight hours, weather permitting.

To participate, youngsters must pay a $25 membership and $20 entry fee. Top finishers win trophies and points that qualify them for the national event.

“Several schools in the area have fishing teams which makes it nice,” said Largen. “The key is you have to sign up with a boat captain and the boat must meet minimal requirements.”

More information, rules and boat requirements may be found at www.indianabass.com/youth/ and on the facebook page, www.facebook.com/IBFYouthNorth/

You also can email Larger at c_largen_1999@yahoo.com.