Future Fisherman Foundation Ebay Auction Begins December 4; Help Promote the Future of Fishing!

Logo final-girl-smallMonday, October 24, Ponca City, Okla., – The Future Fisherman Foundation announced today that its  annual online auction will begin on Sunday, December 4 at 8am.  Interested bidders can go to Futurefisherman.org and follow the links to the eBay non-profit auction site to bid on a terrific list of fishing items and trips in a variety of different states. The auction will close on Sunday, December 11, so don’t miss your opportunity to get in on the action.

This is a terrific chance to book the trip of a lifetime with some of the country’s most experienced guides and pro anglers all while helping the Future Fisherman Foundation support its mission of “Ensuring the Future of Fishing” and legendary programs like Physh Ed and Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs.

Interested in merchandise? Many top organizations have donated auction items to help support this worthwhile cause including signed memorabilia, tackle and artwork.

 Starting December 4, all trips and merchandise will be up for grabs and bidding is as simple as going to Futurefisherman.org and clicking on the “F3 Auctions” tab at the top.

Previous auctions have provided opportunities to fish with top Pro’s like Jacob Wheeler and Casey Ashley, as well as, trips with legends like Forrest Wood and Larry Nixon. Don’t miss your chance to see who is going to be on this year’s list and maybe you can land a trip of a lifetime.

Looking for a special Christmas gift? This is your chance to treat yourself or someone else to a great day on the water at some of the country’s best fishing hot spots.

Interested in donating an item to help support the cause? Please contact Mark Gintert at info@futurefisherman.org with questions.

All proceeds from the auction help the F3 Foundation with efforts to get young people involved in positive programs 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 dedicated to introducing America’s youth to angling and the outdoors. These efforts help people of all ages have safe and enjoyable fishing experiences that foster conservation ethics.

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!


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

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