FLW, in partnership with Costa Sunglasses, announced today the inaugural Costa FLW High School Fishing Summer Camp, scheduled for July 18-21, 2018 on the Murray State University campus, with daily activities on the South’s Great Lake – Kentucky Lake. The three-day, all-inclusive camp is designed for serious high school anglers, parents and coaches who want to gain an edge on the competition by getting hands-on bass fishing experience alongside the biggest names in the industry.
Attendees will be immersed in instruction from top professionals and industry executives. Students will learn the tools they need to take their fishing and fishing-career readiness to the next level, while parents and coaches will learn what they can do to support them. FLW Tour headliners including Forrest Wood Cup champions Scott Martin and Justin Atkins, Pennzoil Marine Anglers of the Year Bryan Thrift and Andy Morgan, and Costa pro Casey Ashley. Many others will be on site to provide personal instruction on an array of topics for students, parents and coaches.
"The High School Fishing camp is our way of contributing to the future of the sport through education and networking opportunities for the students," says Melinda Hays, Costa bass community leader. "The skills offered during camp will help build leadership qualities for these youth both on and off the water."
Sessions offered at the camp include boating safety, seasonal techniques, electronics, lure and rod building, equipment basics, fish care, and off-the-water necessities such as building a social media following, career exploration and resume building for the outdoors industry. Courses offered for parents and coaches will include best practices for sanctioned teams, optimizing individual and team performance, career readiness, and fish care at weigh-ins.
“The Costa FLW High School Fishing Summer Camp has got to be the coolest summer camp experience that I have ever heard of,” says reigning Forrest Wood Cup champion Justin Atkins, who competed in TBF/FLW High School Fishing and FLW College Fishing tournaments before turning professional. “The knowledge and experience that these young anglers are going to receive in three days is priceless. I wish that I had the opportunity to attend a summer camp like this when I was starting out. It’s going to be a very fun week on Kentucky Lake.”
Following the week’s activities, campers are invited to put their skills to the test at the FLW Foundation #MarshallStrong Tournament, benefiting victims of the Jan. 23 school shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky. The tournament, held Saturday, July 21, on Kentucky Lake, will feature two divisions – a boat division and a kayak division – and one lucky camper will be selected to fish the tournament with FLW Tour pro Scott Martin. Participants will be eligible for thousands of dollars in cash prizes, with the winner taking home the Costa FLW High School Fishing Cup. The tournament entry fee is $200 per boat/kayak.
Registration for the Costa FLW High School Fishing Camp is now open, and will close on Saturday, June 30. Cost for the camp is $250 per person, which includes all housing, meals and accommodations at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. For complete camp details or to register for the camp, click here.