Osceola Anglers High School Fishing Team and South Creek Middle School Team up For Annual Fishing Day

os1The Osceola Anglers High School fishing team under the direction of Mr. Lamar Chisolm recently assisted the South Creek Middle School near Orlando, Florida for their annual “Fishing Day” at the pond located next to the school. Approximately 200 middle school students participate in the schools “Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs” program under the direction of Ms. Trina Romberg and her staff.  The students and staff enjoyed a great day with the help of the Osceola team.

osceolaThe group caught a lot of bass and pan fish throughout the day including several very nice largemouth bass.

The collaboration of the Osceola Team with the South Creek Students will hopefully spur that group on to forming another central Florida High School team in the near future!

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Zebco’s Steve Smits Accepts Future Fisherman Foundation Board of Directors Chairperson Role

Logo final-girl-smallSteve Smits, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Zebco brands has accepted the position of Board Chairman for the Future Fisherman Foundation. Smits is taking over for longtime F3 Board chairperson, Kerry Campbell, who has stepped down to devote more time to family after a career of leading the F3 Foundation.

“The countries fishing community owes Kerry Campbell a debt of gratitude,” F3 Executive Director, Mark Gintert, said. “Her tireless efforts to work with a series of strategic partners and help this foundation develop legendary programs like Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs has kept this organization on track and focused on the foundations goal of ensuring the future of fishing. A lot of people in this industry talk about the youth of America being the future of the sport,” Gintert continued. “Kerry put her heart, time and resources behind the effort.”

“I’m so proud of everything the Future Fisherman Foundation has accomplished,” Campbell, who will continue to serve on the board stated. “Programs like Hooked on Fishing not On Drugs, Physh Ed, Boy and Girls Clubs and Aquatic Educators have made a huge difference in the lives of over 1 million youth. The addition of the Super Fish program will add continuity to the programs. This will ensure that fishing becomes a lifetime skill starting with elementary students and carried on to high school and college students,” Campbell continued. “I’ve been blessed to be a part of watching the Foundation grow into a group of individuals committed to building a generation of youth with a passion for the outdoors.”

Smits will lead the legendary foundation that has continued to be at the forefront of getting young anglers on the water for decades. “Eighteen months ago I was thrilled to join the Future Fisherman Foundation Board and now it’s a special honor to be invited to serve as Chairperson,” Smits stated. “I hope to continue the excellent stewardship provided by Kerry Campbell during her term and I continue to believe there’s much more we can and must do to help children and aspiring anglers experience the joys of fishing. This continues to be a priority for Zebco Brands, as it is for many of the fine participants in our industry,” Smits continued. “We must continue to leverage manufacturers, retailers, outdoor educators, conservation groups, youth groups and others to help grow and sustain our sport.”

About the Future Fisherman Foundation

Established in 1986, the Future Fisherman Foundation (F3) unites the sportfishing industry and a nationwide network of state outdoor educators, national conservation groups, youth organizations and other educators dedicated to introducing America’s youth to angling, conservation and the outdoors lifestyle. The Future Fisherman Foundation (F3) operates under The Bass Federation (TBF) umbrella of companies and is the official education arm of TBF. For more info visit futurefisherman.org.

Future Fisherman Foundation Auction Once Again Helps us Secure the Future of Fishing

Logo final-girl-smallMonday’s conclusion of the annual F3 Auction once again marks the end of another year for the Future Fisherman Foundation.
We’d like to take a moment to thank all of those who participated and bid on items throughout the week long event. We know many of these items are going to make great Christmas gifts!
We’d also like to thank the following companies and boat captains for their generous donations to our cause; Zebco, Pure Fishing, TTI Blakemore, Ranger Boats, Shimano, Eagle Claw, The Gary Dollohon Agency, FLW Outdoors, Andrew Upshaw, Fred Rombanis, Casey Ashley, Larry Nixon, Scott Suggs, Phil King, Gary Dubriel, Charlie Evans, Drew Sadler, Matt Lee, Jordon Lee, Korey Sprengel, Tony Puccio, Mike Ellis, Trevor Strolie, Randy Jacobson, Matt Villareal, Mike Lott, Duane Landemier, Ryan Patterson, and Forrest Wood.
It’s through the generosity of people like this that allow us to ‘Ensure the Future of Fishing”!
Thank you!
Mark Gintert
Executive Director

Future Fisherman Auction Ends Sunday!

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Terrific Christmas Gifts Await in Future Fisherman Foundation Auction

The Future Fisherman Foundation once again brings a terrific selection of fishing trips and merchandise for the fishing community. But, don’t wait too long to place a bid as the auction ends on Sunday, December 6!

Great fishing experiences include trips with top pros like Fred Rombanis, Larry Nixon, Scott Suggs and reigning Bassmaster Classic Champion, Casey Ashley!
Want to find out how to catch lunker Walleye’s? Try a trip with Berkley Pro Korey Sprengel. Fishing with these top professionals is a once in a lifetime opportunity so don’t miss your chance.  Click HERE to bid now!

Interested in top fishing gear and merchandise? See the custom autographed sub-laminate jersey’s from Classic Champion Casey Ashley and Randy Howell, as well as, tackle packages from Wally Marshall and TTI Blakemore.
The Future Fisherman Foundation Auction benefits programs like Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs all while offering a terrific gift opportunity for those who are all hard to buy for!

But remember the auction ends on Sunday, December 6 so don’t hesitate; BID NOW!

2015 Future Fisherman Auction to include legendary Forrest L. Wood, Forrest Wood Cup Winner, Scott Suggs, and Classic Champion, Casey Ashley

SuggsPONCA CITY, Okla. (November 17, 2015) – The Future Fisherman Foundation announced today its annual online auction is scheduled for November 30-December 7. The auction will once again boast an impressive lineup of outdoor products and guided fresh and saltwater fishing trips.

This year’s event is headlined by a half day fishing trip with Forrest Wood Cup $Million Dollar Winner, Scott Suggs and reigning Classic Champion and Quantum Pro, Casey Ashley, plus lunch with Ranger Boats founder, Forrest L. Wood. They all offered to support the event that powers programs like Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs, and now interested bidders have a chance at once in a lifetime trips with fishing royalty!ashley_casey_1

“The number and quality of fishing trips from across the country on this year’s list are amazing, with many being hosted by top professional anglers and fishing celebrities,” Future Fisherman’s, Mark Gintert, said. “The thought of winning a trip with reigning Scott Suggs or Casey Ashley is unbelievable. Add in a potential lunch date with Forrest Wood and you have the making of a very special event for the F3 Foundation,” Gintert added.

The important fundraiser for the non-profit organization is managed on eBay and helps support Future Fisherman’s
“Ensuring the Future of Fishing” mission.

The auction opens at 8am CST, November 30 and goes for 7 days. Participation is easy; visit www.futurefisherman.org and click on the “F3 Auctions” tab. Then, follow the links to the eBay non-profit auction site for viewing and bidding on the items.

The prizes are awarded after the auction’s end so those who have purchased them as gifts will have them in time for Christmas.

woodThe Foundation is still accepting donations for the auction. Those interested in providing fishing trips, products and memorabilia or who have questions can email info@futurefisherman.org or call 580-765-9031.

All proceeds from the auction help the Future Fisherman Foundation’s efforts to engage today’s youth in positive lifestyle activities like fishing and the great outdoors.

Established in 1986, the Future Fisherman Foundation unites the sportfishing industry and a nationwide network of state outdoor educators, national conservation groups and youth organizations.

Although youth focused, the efforts help people of all ages have safe and enjoyable fishing experiences while also fostering conservation ethics.

Like us on Facebook for the latest updates on listed items and all things, F3!
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The Future Fisherman Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

F3 Auction winner Has Terrific Day on the Water

auctionwinnerJust wanted to let you know what a blast my Future Fisherman and I had with Capt. Randy Jacobson on the Long Island Sound.  We caught this nice striper and a bunch of bluefish in the 12lb-14lb class. Capt. Randy was a class act and one of the best captains I have ever had the pleasure to fish with.

Thanks again for everything and I look forward to bidding on some more memories this year.

Sincerely,

Joe and Joseph Fleischman

Future Fisherman Foundation launches fishing program for junior high school PE classes

 

PONCA CITY, Okla. (Dec. 15, 2014) – The Future Fisherman Foundation (F3) announces a new program called SUPERFISH that is designed to bring a four-week fishing curriculum into junior high schools and their physical education classes.

SUPERFISH will get its start as a 10-school pilot project, thanks to the BoatU.S. Foundation who is providing initial grant funding to F3 to help schools offset the cost of participation. After the pilot phase, the program will be refined to a final format and then made available to all interested junior highs.

“We have been working on the pieces of this program for a long time, but we now have it ready to go,” said F3 Executive Director Mark Gintert. “We built a program that is aligned to National Standards for Physical Education and condensed it into a four week module for the classroom. Our intent is to teach the fundamentals of fishing, as well as aquatic education and environment stewardship, to our target group of 6th, 7th and 8th graders, and then create a system of multiple fishing opportunities for them.

“We realize that at the end of the class not every student is going to want to continue on with fishing, but for those who do we have a format that leads them into a school fishing club where they can get those additional opportunities that they may otherwise miss out on. The program works well whether fishing from the bank or boats, and for all venues and species of fish. We just want kids to get outside and to the water’s edge where they can learn a host of lessons that can’t be experienced in a gym,” Gintert explained.

Gintert further explained that key partners have helped F3 bring the school fishing program to fruition, such as the BoatU.S. Foundation, and also Zebco and The Bass Federation.

Once the pilot program is completed, SUPERFISH will be made available to schools in a format that will allow them to bring it in at a low and manageable cost instead of having to constantly seek grants for funding.

“We have a unique fundraising feature built into the program that eliminates about 85 percent of the fishing program’s cost if a school is willing to do a little work,” Gintert added. “We’ve made SUPERFISH an exciting program for the kids and something that’s easy for schools to take and run with.”

Junior high schools interested in being one of the 10 schools involved in the pilot or wanting more information on SUPERFISH can contact Gintert at mark@futurefisherman.org or by visiting www.futurefisherman.org.

About the Future Fisherman Foundation

Established in 1986, the Future Fisherman Foundation (F3) unites the sportfishing industry and a nationwide network of state outdoor educators, national conservation groups, youth organizations and other educators dedicated to introducing America’s youth to angling, conservation and the outdoors lifestyle. F3 operates under The Bass Federation (TBF) umbrella of companies and is the official education arm of TBF. F3 is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

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Future Fisherman Fundraiser Benefits Youth Programs and Holiday Shoppers

PONCA CITY, Okla. (Nov. 13. 2014) – The Future Fisherman Foundation announces its annual online auction is scheduled for Dec. 1 – 8, and once again boasts an impressive lineup of outdoor products and guided fishing trips, fresh and saltwater, with the door still open for more to be added.

The important fundraiser for the non-profit organization is managed on eBay and helps support Future Fisherman’s “Ensuring the Future of Fishing” mission and its legendary programs like “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs” and “Physh Ed.”

The auction opens at 8 a.m. CST, Dec. 1. Participation is easy, requiring only an online visit to

www.FutureFisherman.org, clicking on the “F3 Auctions” tab, and following the links to the eBay non-profit auction site for viewing and bidding on Future Fisherman’s list of items.

A top prize repeating from last year’s successful event is a lunch outing with Ranger Boats’ icons Forrest and Nina Wood in Flippin, Ark. Accompanying the lunch package is a half-day fishing trip on nearby Bull Shoals Lake, with the guide handpicked by the Ranger founder.

“The number and quality of fishing trips from all across the country on the auction list are amazing, with many being hosted by top professional anglers and fishing celebrities,” said Future Fisherman’s Mark Gintert. “The donated products are equally impressive, ranging from lure assortments to rod and reel outfits to foul weather gear to top-of-the-line electronics. With holiday season gift-buying top of mind for many right now, this is definitely a put-it-on-the-calendar activity.”

The Future Fisherman auction closes at 5 p.m. CST, Dec. 8. Gintert said the prizes are awarded in a timely manner after the auction’s end so that those who have purchased them as gifts will have them in time for Christmas.

Gintert also said the Foundation is still accepting donations for the auction too. Those interested in providing fishing trips, products and memorabilia can make contact by e-mailing info@futurefisherman.org.

All proceeds from the auction help the Future Fisherman Foundation’s efforts to engage youth in positive lifestyle programs such as fishing and getting them involved in the great outdoors.

Established in 1986, the Future Fisherman Foundation unites the sportfishing industry and a nationwide network of state outdoor educators, national conservation groups and youth organizations.

Although youth focused, the efforts help people of all ages have safe and enjoyable fishing experiences while also fostering conservation ethics.

The Future Fisherman Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

“Nothin’ but Net”

Future Fisherman Foundation partners with Writer Kristopher Rutherford on “Nothin’ but Net”

Ponca City, OK 7/07/14.  The Future Fisherman Foundation is pleased to announce that they have entered into a partnership with Kristopher Rutherford to promote the sale of his new youth fishing book                                                         Nothin’ but Net.       

nothin but net“We are very excited to be partnering with Kris on the publication of this book which is a great fit to the lineup of other youth fishing books that we offer through the Future Fisherman Foundation” stated F3 Executive Director Mark Gintert.

Nothin’ but Net”  tells a great story about a young man who is not your typical Jr. High School Athlete but who finds a great niche in the sport of fishing and he is eventually able to introduce his friends to the sport as well. It is exactly the kind of story that fits our Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs clientele as well as our SuperFish Program that is coming out this fall” added Gintert.

“I’m thrilled to be teaming up with F3 to publish and distribute Nothin’ but Net ,” said Kris Rutherford, who has also authored three other books. “The organization’s mission is exactly what I had in mind when developing the characters and plot—introducing fishing to youth as a sport they can participate in for a lifetime.”

Anyone interested in purchasing this great read for students of all ages can go to futurefisherman.org and click on the resources tab where you can order your copies of Nothin’ but Net.

For State Parks, Book Stores and other retails locations the Future Fisherman Foundation does have a retail program that will bring this great book to your shelves.

For more information on Kris Rutherford, visit his website at www.krisrutherford.com.

 

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