The Future Fisherman Foundation and The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission recently partnered with several other agencies to conduct a “Train the Trainers” seminar at the Hot Springs Convention Center in conjunction with the FLW Forrest Wood Cup Bass Fishing Tournament.
Sponsored in part through a grant from the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, attendees from 16 different states attended the seminar, designed specifically for training community and group leaders on how to get involved with aquatic education programs like Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs. The main focus of the seminar was to enable attendees to go back to their communities and train other trainers on the techniques and methods required to be successful with these programs.
At the conclusion of the two-day event, participants were invited to attend The Bass Federation’s National Guard Junior World Championship at DeGray Lake, where young anglers from 41 different states participated in a tournament with the hopes of winning scholarships.
Participants were also treated to the Forrest Wood Cup weigh-ins, as well as the outdoor show that accompanied one of the largest fishing tournaments in the world.
“We would like to thank all of our partners who help make this training seminar possible,” commented F3 Executive Director Mark Gintert. Companies like Pure Fishing, FLW Outdoors, The Bass Federation and especially The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission really pulled together to make this a great event for our attendees. We could not have done it without them and their great spirit of cooperation.”
F3 will continue it’s four part series of ‘Train the Trainers” seminars with an upcoming event in Michigan in late September. Please visit Futurefisherman.org for upcoming event details.