Olathe Bass Club Assists Local Boy Scouts In Earning Fishing Merit Badge

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The Olathe Bass Club (OBC) continues to dedicate itself in supporting youth in our community. Olathe Boy Scout Troop 225 approached the OBC seeking assistance for a 2nd straight year in helping some of their members earn their Fishing Merit Badge, as well as gain some knowledge on a variety of topics. The Troop holds meetings every Monday evening and on March 20th, the OBC sent 4 of its members to help out. Topics covered in this presentation included the introduction to 5 different types of rods/reels and their applications and the importance of adhering to size/creel limits as well as respecting private property. The boys were very attentive and courteous. Once our regular presentation was through, an incredible open forum QnA took place where OBC members served as a panel answering general fishing questions. By the end of the presentation, the OBC made sure every scout left with at least 1 new bait. The OBC also purchased, cut, and fused several 15” “measuring ropes” for the boys to use at their next campout. It is on private property and the owner wanted to make sure the boys practiced selective harvest when keeping bass from his pond as part of attaining their Merit Badge. Any bass 15” or longer needed to be released. The scouts now know why such a rule is in place and have the means to make sure they respect the private property owner’s wishes. Troop 225 Board Member Robert Meier stated “We are extremely appreciative of the Olathe Bass Club’s commitment to our scouts. Their support means a lot to these young men. We thank them.”

 

Pictured (top left) below are OBC members Pete Morrone, Tom Sweeney, Rick McLeod, and Roger Kruep.

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