August 15-17, 2013.
The TBF held the Junior World Championship on Caddo Lake in Shreveport, LA. This was an unbelievable event for 78 anglers from 39 states across the nation. Caddo Lake was quite a different lake and many anglers commented that they had never seen Cyprus trees and fields of lilly pads. The lake had a very different slot limit in which all fish between 14-18 inches had to be released. So many anglers were trying to catch fish between 12-14 inches or over 18 inches.
Kentucky’s two representatives were Hunter Young of Northern Kentucky in the 11-14 age group and Cade Waldrop of Glascow in the 15-18 age group. Both anglers reported releasing 17 1/2″ fish weighing 3 pounds. Although neither Hunter nor Cade advanced to the divisional finals, both put forth the effort that a state champion would have been expected. Kentucky was well represented.
The TBF, along with the FLW again put on a wonderful event. The organization was outstanding and along with hundreds of parents, grandparents, other relatives and friends looking on, all had to be very impressed with the tournament and proud of all the anglers. This is the only event of it’s kind left where a youth angler can have the stage for themselves and a sense of accomplishment. Hopefully, in the future, this event will grow even more in popularity.
KBF Youth Director