Lew’s Launches High School Fishing Mach Product Grant Initiative

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (March 1, 2017) – Lew’s announces the introduction of the Lew’s Mach Product Grant (Lew’s MPG) high school program that is designed to provide product support to organized high school fishing efforts throughout the United States.

Broken Arrow OK Fishing TeamBroken Arrow, Okla., high school fishing team members examine a Lew’s Mach Product Grant kit. The new Lew’s program, administered by the Future Fisherman Foundation, awards Mach rod and reel combos to high school clubs through an online application process based on activity criteria, including a conservation element.

The program has been developed in partnership with the Future Fisherman Foundation (F3), a well-known non-profit organization dedicated to introducing youth to fishing and the outdoors, who will administer the Lew’s initiative.

Lew’s Mach rods, reels and pre-mounted combos are tournament quality gear designed especially with styling, performance and affordability in mind for today’s student anglers. Lew’s MPG is funded in part by a portion of the profits resulting from the sale of Mach products.

“Lew’s has a history of giving back to the fishing community and our commitment to support youth fishing was one of our first and highest priorities upon re-launching the Lew’s brand in 2009,” said Gary Remensnyder, Lew’s president. “While we’ve had school programs in place ever since, this grant initiative is brand new and something totally different.

“Our MPG program provides Mach rods and reels at no charge in response to project-based applications as a way to nurture high school fishing club activities to the benefit of their members, schools and communities. In doing so, we also want to heighten the students’ appreciation for our natural resources and grow their personal skills, confidence and character through participation in the fun of fishing.”

TBFLew’s Mach product grants can be used for a variety of purposes, including fundraisers to help get teams to tournaments, or as loaners for members, or as prizes, etc.

Any U.S. high school Lew’s Mach baitcast and spinning combos and related items are included in the Lew’s high school product grants. fishing club or team is eligible to apply, and product awards can be used for a variety of purposes, including fundraisers, angler loaner programs and event prizes.

Lew’s MPG’s must be applied for online between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, but the application window can be closed earlier than September if the product allocation for the year is met before then. Regardless of application date, club/team activities for which the products are requested can be held anytime in the year.

For applications that are approved, the recipient clubs will receive either four, eight or 12 Mach rod and reel combos, split equally between baitcast and spinning outfits, with those quantities being determined in accordance with the program’s three award levels.

Criteria impacting the number of combos awarded include: club/team size, anticipated number of participants and the magnitude of the conservation element. At a minimum, all recipients must take the “Keep America Fishing” pledge, becoming part of America’s united voice of recreational anglers dedicated to watching over the country’s fisheries resources.

Future Fisherman Foundation, with its own programs like Boys and Girls Clubs partnerships, and the long-running “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs” educational program, is experienced in youth efforts. F3 officials will receive and review the Lew’s MPG applications, and make the award determinations.

“The Lew’s high school grant program is a perfect fit to Future Fisherman’s mission of ensuring the future of fishing,” said Mark Gintert, F3 executive director. “We deal with high school clubs and teams on a daily basis regarding many of our own programs as well as those of others, so this responsibility falls right into our wheelhouse. We’re proud to team with Lew’s in this program.”

F3 will receive compensation from Lew’s in support of the provided services.

The specific models of the Mach combos may vary in the product award packages according to availability. Combo values range from $99.99 to $179.99, depending on models, meaning the largest product grants will be worth more than $1,000 each.

“For 2017 we’re committed to awarding more than 1,000 combos, should we have the qualifying applications to reach that level,” said Lew’s CEO Lynn Reeves. “We expect an even bigger number in 2018, and then further growing the totals each year thereafter as we continue to expand our Mach product offerings and experience the positive results at retail.

“We have a high level of confidence for this because it’s patterned after the Lew’s American Hero program that benefits veterans fishing groups. Our American Hero product donations have grown every year since we started it in 2013, and we expect the same for the high school effort. Lew’s is proud to support veterans and youth fishing with these two programs.”

Mach Program productsLew’s Mach baitcast and spinning combos and related items are included in the Lew’s high school product grants.

All details relating to the Lew’s MPG program, including the online application form, can be found at Futurefisherman.org.

F3 Annual Auction Once Again Supports the Future of Fishing

The Future Fisherman Foundation annual on-line eBay auction has once again concluded and we would like to take a moment to thank the following companies and individuals for providing merchandise and fishing trips for the event.

Companies that participated include; TTI Blakemore, Pure Fishing, Zebco, Koppers/Live Target, Johnson Outdoors, Lew’s, The Dollahon Agency, Rappala, FLW, and The Bass Federation, as well as, many others that helped behind the scenes.

Individual guides and professional anglers include; Alex Kolody, Wade Shahid, Charlie Evans, Korey Sprengel, Chip Lear, Mike Lott, Jonathan Phillips, Fred Roumbanis, Shaw Grigsby, Andrew Upshaw, Chris Lindenberg, John McCardle, Peter Yanni, Tom Todd, Richard Lisek, Miles Burghoff, Dave Mauldin, Duane Landmeier, Randy Jacobson. John Murray, Mike Taylor, and Drew Sadler.

We’d also like to thank all of the great fishing enthusiasts who went to bid on this wide selection of products and fishing trips. It’s through the efforts of these companies and individuals that help us “Ensure the Future of Fishing.”

Future Fisherman Foundation’s Annual Auction is Underway!

Logo final-girl-smallThe annual Future Fisherman Foundation (F3) Auction began Sunday at 8am with a host of exciting fishing trips and great merchandise.

Interested in a fishing trip with legendary Pro Tournament Angler and TV host Shaw Grigsby? We’ve got it!

What about a terrific Minnesota Walleye Trip with TV Host Chip Leer? Yep, we’ve got that too!

Close to 20 fishing trips and a nice selection of merchandise await your opening bid and all for very good cause to “ensure the future of fishing!”

“We’re really excited about this year’s lineup of trips and merchandise,” F3 Director Mark Gintert, said.  “If you’re looking for a terrific Christmas gift why not send yourself or a friend on a fishing trip or buy one of the great lure packages that await our successful bidders.”

You can bid on the opportunity of a lifetime at our website www.futurefisherman.org and the process is simple. Just to go the website and select F3 Auctions on the top tool bar, you’ll then see the link to the Ebay auction site!

Don’t wait too long as the auction will close on Sunday, December 11 at 8am.

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.

Fishing Trip with Shaw Grigsby Highlights Upcoming F3 Auction

shawThe Future Fisherman Foundation’s annual online auction begins on Sunday, December 4 and runs through Sunday, December 11.  Among the exciting fishing trips and gear offered this year will be a trip with Shaw Grigsby one of the most influential anglers of our time.  The winning bidder will need to work around Grigsby’s busy tournament schedule and the filming of his TV show, but it will be more than worth it as Grigsby will not disappoint.

The Grigsby trip is just one of many terrific fishing opportunities that await potential bidders this year.  “We have a pretty awesome lineup, and we are still adding items to the list,” F3 Executive Director, Mark Gintert, said.  “The auction is right in the middle of holiday shopping; what a great opportunity to pick up a gift for that hard to buy for friend or loved one.”

All funds generated from the auction go to support F3 programs like Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs, as well as, its newest program, SuperFish, which is designed to bring a fishing based curriculum to the Junior High School classroom.

Keep watching the Future Fisherman Foundation website at www.futurefisherman.org for the complete posting of trips and merchandise in the coming week and get ready to bid starting December 4.  Thanks for your help ensuring the future of fishing!