Anglers Inn International, hosted the event that was nationally broadcast via social media by B.A.S.S., the presenting sponsor.lden Elmore, a 17-year-old angler from New Jersey, was crowned the winner of the 2019 Big Bass Junior Championship (BBJC) at the grass root tournament’s season-ending event. Elmore beat out 45 anglers from across the nation who had qualified in their own state and then competed in the championship on Idaho’s Pend Orielle Lake and river. His winning largemouth bass weighed 5.9 pounds. The Willows Club, owned by Billy Chapman’s
The one-day competition culminated the 2019 online tournament aimed at young anglers in high school and college. Cold and rainy weather conditions added to the challenges the anglers faced as they fished in waters they had never fished before.
“I’m honored to represent New Jersey and bring this win home for the entire state,” said an excited Elmore, who can be followed at www.reelmaxlife.com. “Fishing is a family tradition for us, and my Dad taught me all about how to catch bass.”
“I want to break down the traditional walls and get more anglers fishing,” said Bill
Siemantel, BBJC tournament director. “There is no need for expensive equipment. This is grassroots fishing at its finest, allowing young anglers at all skill levels to compete on a
national stage and have fun.”
Elmore, of Egg Harbor Township, took home a 2019 Bass Cat Margay bass boat fully equipped with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard engine, Lowrance electronics, Motorguide trolling motora peacock bass fishing trip to Brazil’s Amazon River staying at the Anglers Inn International lodge along with an appearance on “Stihl’s Reel in the Outdoors with Joe Thomas” to be aired on the Outdoor Channel. Competitors won nearly $400,000 in prizes including college scholarships, boat electronics, fishing tackle and fishing apparel and gear.
“Bill Siemantel called me and explained the BBJC event and the barriers he wanted to
break down to get more kids fishing. I immediately said count me in,” said James Hall, editor-in-chief of B.A.S.S. Publications.
“This event has given Bass Cat Boats the opportunity to give back to our sport,” said Bass Cat Boats’ Dallas Hodges. “We want to make sure that we pass on the passion and the environmental concerns of fishing. This is a catch-and-release, single-fish event and is a wonderful format that brings young anglers together from across the nation to Idaho at the Willows Club. It’s amazing, and we are excited about it.”
For more information about the Big Bass Junior Championship go to www.bigbassjuniorchampionship.com.
Information about Anglers Inn’s new Idaho operations and The Willows Club can be seen on a short Willows Club video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rREE6q-fvVg or for more information about Anglers Inn International go to http://www.anglersinn.com.