Jackson Davis hasn’t even began junior high yet, but this past weekend he picked up a couple of big honors at Kids First Fishing’s end-of-the-season banquet at Pickwick Landing.
The soon-to-be sixth-grader at Itawamba Attendance Center was named the Angler of the Year in the 11-14 age division and overall Team Angler of the Year. To win the individual angler award, each young angler is allowed to weigh-in one fish they caught on their own. The lowest tournament weight is dropped and the youth with the highest weight is named the Angler of the Year in their age category.
The team award works a little differently. Points are awarded based on a teams finish in each event. Each team weighs in five fish, and points are awarded based on where a team finishes weight-wise among their competitors. At the end of the season, points are tabulated, with the lowest event dropped, and the top team is named Team Angler of the Year.
The Kids First Adult/Bass Tournament series is open to youth ages 11-18. The goal of the program is to give adults and kids the chance to spend quality time together while competing together. Kids First encourages adults to use the tournaments to teach kids more about bass fishing.
Participating members of Kids First must be members of The Bass Federation’s Student Angler Federation High School club.
The 2020 dates haven’t been announced yet, but keep an eye on the program’s website, www.kidsfirstfishing.com, for information about joining next year’s program.