Youth Photos

Jim Kline Nov 22nd, 2012 Permanent Link



2010 Mid-Atlantic Divisional

Jim Kline Sep 9th, 2010 Permanent Link

            Congratulations to Johnny Duarte and Michael Nutter for competing in the Divisional on the Nanticoke River on September 10th.  Being a part of the adult State Team, each of them added weight to the team by weighing in fish.  Good job to both of you!

            Johnny won the older age group with a limit of five fish weighing 7 lb. 10 oz., becoming a back to back two time Mid-Atlantic Champion and his second in a row trip to the Jr. World Championship.



2010 Jr. World Qualifier

Jim Kline Jul 17th, 2010 Permanent Link

           This tournament was held on July 18th on the Lower Potomac and hosted by The Central Region.  At stake were two spots on the adult State Team and a trip to the Mid-Atlantic Divisional Championship to be held on the Nanticoke River.

            There was only one limit of five fish brought to the scales.  Michael Nutter dominated the field of contestants with 9 lb. 14 oz. and will represent the 11-14 age group at the Divisionals for Maryland.   Tanner Craig took 2nd place with 4 lb. 12 oz.  and the lunker weighing 3 lb. 3 oz.  Third place went to Chris Decker with 4 lb. 3 oz.

            Johnny Duarte, last year’s Mid-Atlantic Divisional Champion and Jr. World Champion in the 11-14 age group, moved up into the older age group (15-18) this year.  His three fish, weighing 5 lb. 14 oz., took first place and earned him his second trip to the Divisionals.  He also had lunker with 3 lb. 4 oz.  Second place went to Jessie Colie with 3 lb. 1 oz.  Third place went to Ray Cleveland with 2 lb. 9 oz.

            Awards were presented; Bass Pro gift cards were given to all youth contenders and boat captains.  A cook-out followed the weigh-in.  Special thanks to the boat captains, and also to Tom Rollins and Mike Day for seeing that the tournament went well.



2010 Jr. SQT

Jim Kline Jun 25th, 2010 Permanent Link
            The Lower Potomac was the sight of the Jr.  State Qualifying Tournament, held June 26th, and hosted by The Southern Region.

            In the lower age group (11-14), there were six limits of five fish brought to the scales; and in the older age group (15-18), seven limits of five fish.  Total keepers for the tournament were 82, which was an awesome job by the young anglers.

            Nathaniel Stevens (11-14 age group) bested the field with a weight of 10 lb. 15 oz., plus big fish of 4 lb. 1 oz.   Second place went to Tyler Wallace with 10 lb. 6 oz.  And third place went to Tyler Nowak with 9 lb. 12 oz.

            Zachary McQuade (15-18 age group) took top honor with 11 lb. 4 oz. and a 5 lb. 7 oz. lunker.  Second place went to Jessie Colie with 10 lb. 15 oz.  Third place went to Ray Cleveland with 10 lb. 14 oz.

            Bass Pro gift cards were given to all youth contenders and to the boat captains who provided the young anglers a great day on the water.  A cook out followed the weigh-in and awards were presented to the top three in each age group, plus both lunker winners.

            Special thanks to the boat captains, for taking the time to take our youth out, and to MBFN Tournament Director Mike Day, for his weigh-master duty.



2010 Season Update

Jim Kline Feb 1st, 2010 Permanent Link
There are no changes from BASS for the youth in 2010. Dues will remain the same - $10 per youth. The alignment of the youth program with the adult Federation Nation program will continue as it did in 2009. This means that our two youth contenders will again be part of the Maryland State Team, will fish the Mid-Atlantic Divisional Championship, and can advance to the Jr. World Championship.

The Jr. State Qualifying Tournament will be June 26, 2010, hosted by Southern Region; the Jr. World Qualifying Tournament will be July 18, 2010, hosted by the Central Region. Both will be held on the Potomac River out of Smallwood State Park.

The 2010 season will be my last year as Youth Director for the Maryland Bass Federation Nation. I will be stepping down but hope that I can find a replacement before doing so. (If anyone is interested in learning more about the position, please contact me.) I have been actively involved with our great youth program since my late friend, Butch Ward, introduced me to working with the MBFN youth back in 1987. It has been a great ride, full of many memories. I have traveled to many places and have been with the youth to cheer them on, and to cheer them up when they may have been down. I have watched them enjoy themselves during events, and have seen them grow up; it has been both an honor and privilege for me.

Although not all-inclusive, some of my fondest memories have been:
  • Jessie Flowers winning the Bassmaster CastingKids Championship in 2000 at the Bassmaster Classic in Chicago, becoming the first youth from Maryland to bring home a Championship;
  • Alex Thomas winning the Bassmaster CastingKids Championship in 2006 at the Bassmaster Classic in Florida – our second champion;
  • Austin Neary winning the Bassmaster CastingKids Championship in 2008 at the Bassmaster Classic in South Carolina – our third CastingKids champion;
  • Johnny Duarte, in 2009 at the Mid-Atlantic Divisional, win both the CastingKids and Tournament Championships, advancing to the Nationals in Florida, and becoming the only youth to double qualify for 2009; then seeing him win the Jr. World Championship and becoming Maryland’s first Jr. World Champion. Wow!
In closing, I am looking forward to the upcoming year. I know there will be many enjoyable moments in 2010. I can’t wait!


Youth Report 2009/2010

Jim Kline Dec 24th, 2009 Permanent Link
Junior SQT

The Jr. SQT was held on the Lower Potomac River on June 28, 2009, hosted by the Western Region MBFN, launching from Smallwood State Park.

The top three finishers in the 11-14 age group were: 1st place - Johnny Duarte (9 lb. 9 oz.), 2nd place – Jessie Colie (6 lb. 10 oz.), and 3rd place – A.J. Diepietro (5 lb. 14 oz.).

The top three finishers in the 15-18 age group were: 1st place - John Joppey (9 lb. 6 oz.), 2nd place – Carl Lanore (9 lb. 4 oz.), and 3rd place – Andrew Griffith (8 lb. 8 oz.).

Michael Nutter had lunker in the 11-14 age group with 4 lb. 6 oz., and Carl Lanore had lunker in the 15-18 age group with 3 lb. 9 oz.



A cookout was held after the weigh-in. Special thanks to Gary Hemp of Hemp Meats for providing the burgers and hot dogs. Thanks also to the following boat captain for making this event possible for the youth: Ray Minton, Ken Morris, Dave Lawrence, Gene Milburn, Charlie Hartzell, Johnny Sims, Wendell Thompson, Darin Hoover, Charlie Clifford, Glen Pittman and Roger Trageser.

Bass Pro gift cards were presented to all youth contenders and boat captains for this tournament.


Junior World Qualifier

The Jr. World Qualifying Tournament was held on July 19, 2009 on the Upper Bay, launching out of Dundee State Park, and hosted by the Northern Region.



Johnny Duarte won the 11-14 age group and Zachary McQuade won the 15-18 age group.



Both youth will be part of the adult State Team and will fish the Mid-Atlantic Divisional Tournament on the Ohio River, launching out of Wheeling, West Virginia, in September.

I was unable to be at the Jr. World Qualifying Tournament but would like to say thank you to the Northern Region for hosting this tournament, and to Mike Day and all those who made this event a success.


Junior Mid-Atlantic Divisional Tournament


Zachary McQuade and Johnny Duarte pre-fished the Ohio River on September 17, 2009 with State Team alternate Rodney Eshleman. Both youth also fished the competition day with Rodney on the 18th.

Johnny won the 11-14 age group with one fish, weighing 1 lb. 2 oz., claiming the Mid-Atlantic Jr. Championship. He also competed in the Mid-Atlantic CastingKids Championship. Johnny won the CastingKids event, nailing a 40 on his cast-off against two other junior contenders. (See photo on page 36)

With his double wins, Johnny will advance to the Jr. World Championship and CastingKids Championship that will be held in Florida.


Junior World Championship

The Jr. World Championship was held on Yale Lake in Eustis, Florida on October 30, 2009. All youth contenders got to pre-fish the day before the event.

After pre-fishing, Johnny Duarte was hustled away to do his CastingKids competition since he would be competing in the tournament during the official CastingKids event. He was the only youth to qualify for both CastingKids and the J.W.C. championships so his scoring was done on Thursday, with the actual competition taking place on Friday while he was fishing. Johnny finished 5th overall in the 11-14 age group.



All youth contenders for the J.W.C. were brought to the arena and stepped off the tournament boats and onto the stage for the weigh-in. What a thrill for these young anglers to be afforded the same opportunity of weighing in in the same manner as the adult national contenders.

When Johnny weighed in four fish, he was put on the hot seat on stage – he remained there until the last contender in his age group came in. The remaining contenders didn’t have enough weight to overtake Johnny, and Maryland Bass Federation Nation had its first Jr. World Champion. Congratulations, Johnny! You made us all proud.


Butch Ward Scholarship

On November 5, 2009, the Scholarship Committee met at the Woodbine Inn to review the applications submitted for the current year. This year, five scholarships were awarded.

Receiving scholarships were: Kyle Wilhite ($1,000) – Salisbury University, Jennie A. Parker ($500) – Towson University, Autumn M. Linderborn ($500) – University of Baltimore, Laura F. Johnson ($500) – Knox College, and Logan R. Mathews ($500) – Allegany College of Maryland.

Since its inception in 2000, the Nelson L. "Butch" Ward Scholarship Fund has given out thirty-one scholarships, totaling $16,000.

Thanks to all those who help in making this a great tribute to our friend, Butch Ward. I believe he is looking down from above, smiling and proud of those receiving these funds which will assist them in furthering their education.


Butch Ward Tournament

The 10th Annual Butch Ward Memorial Tournament was held on Saturday, April 4, 2009, with a field of forty-two boats. The temperature at blast-off was 44 degrees, no whitecaps, and just a bit of a breeze. As the day progressed, the wind did get up, producing whitecaps and making the river muddy. The dedicated anglers brought 48 smallies to the scales, all over 18 inches, with a total weight of 174.12 lbs. There were nine limits and the tournament lunker was a 5.1 beauty. The team of Rude/Goff took 1st place with 12 lb. 9 oz. Second place went to Russ/Bridy with 12 lb. 8 oz. - they also brought in the lunker. Third place went to Zampelli/Blough (11 lb. 8 oz.), 4th place – Mellot/Rude (10 lb. 15 oz.), 5th place – Schulkins/Schulkins (10 lb. 14 oz.), 6th place – Bruchey/Tozzolo (10 lb. 10 oz.), and 7th place – Moore/Hull (10 lb. 6 oz.)

A cook-out was held after the weigh-in; everyone that stuck around walked away with something from the prize tables. Milton Goff won the framed smallmouth print donated by artist Mark Susinno.

Thanks to Eric and John for another successful tournament. Special thank you to Susquehanna Tackle and Mark Susinno for your donations.

By Jim Kline




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