The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) TrophyCatch program partnered with Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Orlando and the Boy Scouts of America to participate in an event that celebrated the “Lifecycle of an Angler.” This event highlighted the importance of experienced Florida anglers sharing their knowledge to teach kids how to fish.
FWC staff released a tagged largemouth bass into the aquarium at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Orlando as a representation of the organization’s Bass Tagging program, which offers incentives to successful anglers while gaining valuable insights on Florida’s trophy bass species. The tagging study measures catch, harvest and release rates for trophy bass. Remarks were given from Kem Smith, General Manager of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Orlando; Tom Champeau, Director of FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management; and Jeff Nucholes, Scout Leader of the Boy Scouts of America Ocoee Pack 217.
TrophyCatch is an incentive-based conservation program that rewards anglers for the catch and release of largemouth bass weighing eight pounds or heavier, in Florida. The program is in its fifth season and more than 6,000 catches have been approved since the program’s inception in 2012. TrophyCatch is supported by many generous partners, such as Bass Pro Shops.
To ceremoniously kick off Gone Fishing at Bass Pro Shops, the leading outdoor retailer donated rods and reels to Boy Scouts of America Ocoee Pack 217 in an effort connect more kids to the outdoors. The event is part of a National Donation Day in which Bass Pro Shops is donating 40,000 rods and reels across the U.S. and Canada. Gone Fishing is a nationwide challenge to inspire kids to get off the couch, pick up a fishing pole and discover the great outdoors. Several in-store activities from June 17 to the 18 will engage kids and families in the joys of fishing.
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