BassWestUSA - January/February, 2010, Page 79

small fry

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Wise of Park City Utah started fishing at around the age of three. His dad, Jody Wise, would put a life jacket on him and let him hone his skills off the bank or dock at local lakes close to their house. Cameron was hooked early catching sunfish with Wonder Bread for hours, refusing to leave until all the bread was gone. Jody used to tease that Cam- eron would be the first angler in history to be sponsored by a bread company. As Cameron got older his father got him involved in state youth fishing events. Cameron won the Utah state title for Casting Kids in both 2005 and 2006 under the BA.S.S. Federation program. In 2009 Cameron was old enough to officially compete in the TBF, Inc. youth program. It was no surprise to everyone that knew Cameron that he would be a strong competitor. He won the 11 to 14 year old age group and last year competed in the FLW/National Guard Junior World Championships. Cameron aspires to someday follow in the footsteps of other young anglers who have found success as they move into adulthood. Anglers like Sunny Hawk and Zach Alexander, former Utah State champions, both now at 17 years of age are finding success against the adults from TBF tournaments to FLW/Stren Series events. The junior programs are really a great format for young anglers to get involved. The fact that they can compete on a national level and even win scholarship money is an added bonus. Jody really says it best, “You can never start kids to early teach- ing them about fishing! Give them a loaf of bread, a life jacket, and some tender loving care, and they will be hooked.” BW


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