WAMI has begun to support a variety of youth efforts and will continue to expand our focus on the future of the sport.
-Since 2018 we have held a free youth drawing at the Wisconsin Musky Expo to put a musky reel (Daiwa Lexa WN 300, $199.99 msrp) into the hands of an angler under 12 years old. This is the smallest musky reel on the market, perfect for young anglers!
-Since 2018 we have co-sponsored a youth tournament with Bill’s Musky Club. This tournament pairs 2-3 young anglers with an experienced musky angler who teaches them proper sucker fishing techniques, and in some cases casting as well. This has given 40 youths from the greater Wausau area a chance to compete for a traveling trophy displayed at their school plus an individual trophy. The winners are about as excited as any kid can get! To date, we have contributed $600, about 30 baits, and cooked dinner for the participants.
-In 2020 we will begin contributing to Wausau School District’s Wilderness Connections program. This program was founded by Wausau School District counselor and WAMI secretary Andy Grimm in 2017. This program takes at-risk youth from 6-8th grade on a canoe camping/fishing trip on the Flambeau River in northern Wisconsin. Unfortunately due to COVID-19, the 2020 event is postponed to 2021, but we have secured funding as well as donated some tackle for the youths.
-Youth Director Joel DeBoer, and members Jeff Micholic and Don Abel Jr. volunteer as coaches for the DC Everest Fishing Team.