BASSMASTER CastingKids and Kids Klassic Among New Orleans Highlights

NEW ORLEANS, LA. < It will be a kidıs world during the upcoming BASS Masters
Classic week when families from across America will descend on New Orleans
to enjoy the sportıs biggest week-long celebration that leads up to the
crowning of the 2001Classic champion.

Forty-five of Americaıs best bass anglers will be on the Louisiana Delta in
search of fishing fame and fortune, but their families and others from every
corner of the country will be enjoying all that the Big Easy has to offer.
And there will be plenty for youngsters to do.

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon, New Orleans area youngsters  will
have a chance to meet the Classic pros and participate in their own fun
contest. The Kids Klassic, which is presented by B.A.S.S., will be held at
LaFreniere Park where as many as 1,000 youngsters will be divided into two
age groups (7 to 10 and 11 to 14). Each registered kid will receive a free
Zebco rod and reel and a special cap and T-shirt.

"With incredible support from our Louisiana B.A.S.S. Federation members, we
will be able to conduct the Kids Klassic like never before," said Al Smith,
B.A.S.S. Federation Director. "Itıs a wonderful opportunity to introduce
area  youngsters to fishing and enhance the skills of kids who already

Volunteers from area and state affiliated B.A.S.S. clubs, as well as
visiting federation presidents , will be stationed around the lake to assist
and instruct the youngsters. Using live worms, the kids will fish for one
hour. Each time a child catches a fish, he or she will receive a special

Children need to be pre-registered for the Kids Klassic. On-site
registration will be taken on a limited basis.

The pros enjoy getting to meet the youngsters and sign autographs each year
at the Kids Klassic.

"I get a kick out of the kids," three-time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year Kevin
VanDam said. "Thatıs what itıs all about. They are the future of our whole

In addition to the pros, the youngsters will have their own pint-sized
heroes to cheer for during the BASSMASTER CastingKids National Finals. The
crowning event of a year-long national competition, Chevy Trucks will
sponsor the CastingKids  finals on Friday, Aug. 3, at 1 p.m. in the Ernest
N. Morial Convention Center just before the dayıs weigh-in begins.

Ten finalists have emerged from nearly 150,000 youngsters who competed at
BASSMASTER tournaments and other events this year. Divided into two age
groups, they will be competing for scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000.

In the 7 to 10 age group, the finalists are Nick Anderson of Sparta, Wisc.;
Dylan Schaefer of St. Maryıs, Ga.; Jessica Digman of Sykesville, Md.; Steven
Nodine of Carlsbad, N.M.; and Ory Schuman of Lincoln, Neb.

The 11 to 14 age group will be represented by: Randy Helms of Stillwater,
Minn.; Frederick Phillips of St. Paulıs, N.C.; Jon Laukhuff of Beech, Pa.;
Andy Whilden of Craig, Colo.; and Dustin Plunkett of Lawton, Okla.

"CastingKids, which is the creation of longtime B.A.S.S. leader Helen
Sevier, has been an incredible success that  not only reinforces the skills
necessary to be a better angler, but with support from great sponsors like
Chevy Trucks, we have been able to distribute over $2 million in prizes and
scholarship money to well over 1.2 million kids who have taken part in the
program," Smith said.

The 31st BASS Masters Classic will air on Saturday August 18, 2001 at 9:00PM
Eastern Time on ESPN2.

Sponsors of the 2001 BASS Masters Classic include: Chevrolet Trucks, Mercury
Marine, Yamaha Engines, Triton Boats, Skeeter Boats, Lowrance Electronics,
Pennzoil Marine, Flowmaster Exhaust Systems, Stowaway Batteries, Kuhmo
Tires, Long John Silvers, Gore-Tex Outwear, Motorguide Trolling Motors, Bass
Pro Shops, Armstrong Industrial Hand Tools, GMAC Vehicle & Boat Insurance,
B.A.S.S. Platinum First USA Visa Card.

Associate Sponsors include: Bass Cat Boats, G3 Boats

Regional Sponsors include: State of Louisiana, Jefferson Parish Tourism,
Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation

For more information contact:
B.A.S.S. Communications
(334) 272-9530