Cincinnati Youth Bass Club members learn fishing and stewardship skills

The 18 members of the Cincinnati Youth Bass Club, along with
their parents, will hit the road June 18-19 for tournaments at
Hoover and O’Shaughnessy reservoirs in central Ohio.

Now in its third year, the club is open to boys and girls age 11
to 18. The nonprofit encourages not only angling skills, but also
conservation education and community service, according to advisor
Angela Poling.

Tournaments operate on a professional model, with members
accruing points throughout the season. Extra points are available
through participation in stream cleanups and similar service
projects. Eight members with the highest number of points are
eligible for the Ohio Bass Federation Nation Youth tournaments in
June.

With tournaments at Lake Lorelei in southwest Ohio and Hidden
Valley Lake in Indiana under their belts, the young anglers are
ready to move on to “big water,” Poling said.

She noted the group boated 83 pounds of fish at Hidden
Valley.

The June 18 tournament will begin at 6 a.m. at Hoover
Reservoir’s Walnut Street South Ramp. Fishing will continue the
next day at the Main Marina at O’Shaughnessy Reservoir.

The club’s fifth and final competitive tournament is scheduled
for July 9 at Rocky Fork Lake near Hillsboro. A “fun” tournament at
Cowan Lake on Sept. 17 will conclude the fishing season, Poling
said.

Current point leaders are: Jack Tamborski, Nathan Poling, Max
Kaufmann, Gabe Dubois, Noah Meiers, Chase Fisher, Harbor Lovin and
Tristen Walters.

“That could all change with a single tournament,” Poling
added.

 

Categories: Ohio – Jane Beathard

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