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Angler-Young Angler International Fishing Tournament coming to Little Pine Lake, May 30

The winning team from this weekend's AYA Fishing Tournament on Little Pine Lake will drive away with this Lund Boat and Shoreland'r trailer combo with Mercury motor. The anglers will hit the lake at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 30 and weigh-in at Zorbaz on Little Pine at 3 p.m. The awards and prize giveaway will be at Zorbaz at 4:30 p.m. Behind the boat are Hoot's Sports co-owner Mike Parta (right) and his new sales manager Matt Carstens. Matt replaces the recently retired DuWayne Sonnenberg, who had been...

Hoot's Sports and Lund Boats is proud to announce that everything is set for the Angler - Young Angler International Fishing Tournament which will be held on Little Pine Lake on Saturday, May 30.

The tournament is complete and will host 50 teams of three anglers, one adult and 2 young anglers 17 years old or younger. The winning local team will win a Lund boat, motor and trailer and the right to advance to the International Championship AYA tournament to be held at Kenora, Ontario. Winners from eight U.S. and twelve Canadian tournaments will compete for over $25,000 in prizes at the International event.

Every young angler in the local tournament will be a winner as they will receive participation trophies, AYA T-shirts and caps, as well as fishing gear. The teams will also receive snacks, a lunch and an awards banquet following the tournament day of fishing.

Hoot's Sports is excited about bringing this unique opportunity to our area. The tournament, will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and headquarter out of Zorbaz on Little Pine Lake.

The purpose of the tournament is to excite young people about fishing and introduce them to the fun of tournament fishing while learning a lifetime sport. This will be a "live" tournament and all fish will be returned to the lake following the weigh-in. Each youth explores the water with an experienced angler, in search of the right combination of 5 walleye needed to take first place. In order to expand the exposure of youth fishing, there is a complete television special produced featuring these events. Not only so the kids get to fish a "real" tournament, they also get a chance to be on TV as a film crew from In-Fisherman will be on hand to record the event!

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Helping make this event possible are a host of local sponsors including: United Community Bank - Ottertail Rod and Gun Club - Dean's Country Market - Zorbaz - Northland Tackle - Berkeley - Arvig Communication System - AquaView - KLN - Mulligans - Lakes Radio - Perham Enterprise-Bulletin - Service Food - J and H Signs - Gene's Sport Shop

Daggett Truck Lines - Perham Memorial Hospital and Homes - Bremer Bank.

Dairy Queen - Whitey Schuett - Beach King Docks and Lifts - Kit Masters - Farmers Union Ins. -Wild Goose.

The angler & Young Angler program began in 1998 when tournament founder Andrew Klopak ( now President of Lund Boats) decided he wanted to fish a competitive style tournament with his son. Seeing that there were no tournament that catered to adult and young anglers, he created Angler &Young Angler.

Having the tournament format with an adult angler with youth anglers gives the young angler the opportunity to experience and learn what competitive sport angling is all about.

The Angler & Young Angler Fishing Tournament continues to grow with 18 regional events this year wrapping the season up with the International Championship on beautiful Lake of the Woods at Kenora, Ontario. In order to expand the exposure of youth fishing, a complete special television show is produced featuring these events as well as the championship event.

Last years Perham AYA tournament champion was Terry Lorentz of Ottertail and his two sons Aaron and Blake. They went on to finish 5th in the International championship held on Lake of the Woods last summer.