Kids from Kansas and Iowa took top honors in the Bassmasters' Missouri youth casting championship. They will get to show their stuff at a regional contest in Knoxville, Tenn.
JEFFERSON CITY--Fluorescent lights threw shadows on Chris Smrecker's furrowed brow as he aimed his fishing rod at a bullseye 30 feet away. With the state casting championship riding on one cast, the 6-inch target looked mighty small.
Smrecker was among 60 youngsters ranging from 7 to 14 years old who took part in the eighth annual Missouri CastingKids championship sponsored by Bassmasters, a national tournament fishing organization. They qualified in local competitions with 3,400 other youngsters statewide. The state championship took place March 21 in Jefferson City in the cleared-out childrens clothing department at K-Mart, the event's national sponsor.