Pro Anglers Host Clinic for Boys and Girls Club of La Crosse

Major League Fishing (MLF) anglers James Elam, Roy Hawk, Kelly Jordan, Gary Klein, Keith Poche, Jonathon VanDam, Kevin VanDam and MLF Staff will host a youth fishing clinic at Pettibone Park (700 N Pettibone Drive, La Crosse) for 100 youth from the Boys and Girls Club La Crosse on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 from 1 – 3 p.m. The experience includes off-water clinics covering beginner and intermediate fishing techniques including casting, baiting a hook, pitching, knot-tying as well as fishery conservation. Each child will receive an hour of instruction and then test their knowledge on the banks of the Upper Mississippi River for the second hour. 

MLF partnered with Abu Garcia to donate 100 rods and reels for each participating child. In addition, Abu Garcia donated 100 Shakespeare Kits, which Major League Fishing will leave with the Boys and Girls Club of La Crosse to support their outdoor programming moving forward. 

A core value of Major League Fishing, conservation centers on protecting the fisheries for all through their catch-and-release competition format and the absence of live-wells during events. MLF Pro Angler Gary Klein explains: “Our format enables the fish to return to where they live and spawn ensuring these valuable fisheries live on for the next generation.” 

In Wisconsin for REDCREST presented by Venmo, the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour Championship, all fans can meet the MLF Pros at the Omni Center Onalaska during the MLF Midway, Friday, Aug 23 – Sunday, Aug 25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day. Bass Pro Tour Sponsors will be showcasing the latest in fishing and outdoor gear and giving away over $25,000 in giveaways and prizes adjacent the live stage production as featured on the live stream MLF NOW! 

About the Location: Major League Fishing chose La Crosse, Wisconsin as the site of its inaugural REDCREST presented by Venmo for the bass-rich waters of the Upper Mississippi, as well as the outdoor- centric lifestyle among its residents. “The entire La Crosse region overflows with fans who love the outdoors,” remarked Michael Mulone, Senior Director, Events for Major League Fishing. “It’s only fitting that the (Bass Pro Tour) championship happens where fishing is woven into the fabric of the community. Explore La Crosse and Onalaska Parks have done an exceptional job of welcoming our anglers, sponsors, and fans to their beautiful region.” 

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About Major League Fishing: Founded in 2011, Major League Fishing (MLF) brings the high-intensity sport of competitive bass fishing into America’s living rooms on Outdoor Channel, Discovery, CBS, CBS Sports Network, World Fishing Network, Sportsman Channel and on-demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). New for 2019, the Bass Pro Tour consists of eight events and a championship streamed live and MOTV. MLF uses the entertaining and conservation-friendly catch, weigh and immediate-release format where every scorable bass counts and the winner is the angler with the highest cumulative weight. 

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