For Immediate Release
Bass Brigades of Texas Welcomes Pro Angler Gary Klein
Repel Pro Teaches Youth Attendees Bass Fishing
San Antonio, Tex. – July 14, 2014 – The statement about the youth being the future of any activity has been repeated in many different forms. But, when it comes to hunting and fishing activities, that statement could not mean more. As the youth of today are presented with more options for leisure activities, integrating them into the outdoors becomes even more critical; for them and the future of outdoor industries.
One group, the Texas Brigades has invested themselves in that effort by running annual “brigades” in the state of Texas in a variety of outdoor activities. These brigades provide youth the chance to spend a week with expert instructors in hands on activities in hunting and bass fishing pursuits. The Bass Brigade portion of the curriculum was held this past week, and the 24 youth attending were treated to the education of a true legend in the presence of 30-year Bassmaster Classic qualifier Gary Klein from Weatherford, Tex.
Klein was on hand to provide hands on help and education to the youth in many facets of becoming a professional angler. Klein used his time to educate the attendees in everything from the business side of his career to selecting and using equipment and even how to build lures with samples he provided from his FishBoss.com company.
Steven Bardin, a Bass Brigade board member said that having Gary involved really fit the mold of the Brigades. “Our programs are all about providing the attendees instruction in leadership and conservation, as well as helping create lifelong outdoorsmen,” said Bardin. “Gary is certainly all of those things, and his career reflects that. His efforts and results in his B.A.S.S. career on the water prove that he is one of the leading professionals out there, his role in helping pioneer the format of Major League Fishing shows his commitment to conservation and his overall love of the outdoors were on display here this week.”
Bardin also said that Klein’s family exhibits all of those traits. “I first approached Gary about having his daughters become involved as participants of the brigades,” said Bardin, “But, when I saw the type of people his daughters are, I knew that he and his wife Jana had done a great job, so I asked him to become an instructor in our programs; I am so thrilled that he chose to participate and share his knowledge with us.”
Klein, who brought his Repel wrapped Triton / Mercury Toyota rig, along with his plethora of pro fishing tools to the event for display, said that he saw great merit in the program, and left even more convinced that The Brigades is something he intends to continue serving in. “I knew that the Texas Bass Brigade was a great opportunity for high schoolers to learn from professionals, and I was shown that this weekend,” I shared the life of a professional angler, some hands on teaching of skills and tips in several categories, but it was obvious that everyone there had invested so much into these campers, that I felt honored to be a part of it. I plan on being a part of the Bass Brigades more in the future.”
About The Texas Brigades
The Texas Brigades are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to educate and empower youths with leadership skills and knowledge in wildlife, fisheries, and land stewardship to become conservation ambassadors for a sustained natural resource legacy.
The Texas Brigades is a combination of five educational programs: Bobwhite Brigade (quail), Buckskin Brigade (deer), Bass Brigade, Waterfowl Brigade (ducks and geese), and Ranch Brigade (cattle). An understanding of the importance of this program is represented by its cooperating partners, including Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Wildlife Association, Texas Wildlife Association Foundation, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Visit The Texas Brigades on the Internet at www. texasbrigades.org for more information, or to participate.
About Gary Klein
A veteran of more than 350 Bassmaster tournaments, Gary Klein is the 1989 and 1993 Bassmaster Angler of the Year. He has won eight B.A.S.S. events, finished in the top 10 77 times, qualified for 30 Bassmaster Classic appearances and claimed over $2-million in Bassmaster earnings. He has also won two FLW events, finished in the top 10 11 times, qualified for six Forrest Wood Cups and earned an additional $450,000 in FLW events. He is a past U.S. Open Champion and a founding member and president of Major League Fishing. He resides in Weatherford, Tex. with his wife Jana and their daughters Lakota and Kanyon.
Klein represents some of the premier companies in and out of the fishing industry. His sponsor list includes Repel, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Quantum Fishing, Berkley Trilene, Berkley Havoc and Berkley PowerBait, MotorGuide, Lowrance, Fish Boss, Power Pole, Wired2Fish, Odyssey Batteries, SIMMS, Wiley X Eyewear and T-H Marine. Find him on the web at www.garykleinproangler.com, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.