The inaugural Rod Gaskill Memorial Bass Tournament will be held on Boom Lake on Saturday, Aug. 17. Gaskill was an avid bass angler, moving to Rhinelander from Las Vegas in the mid-1990s. Many anglers will remember him as the tournament director for the Hodag Bassmasters Boom Lake Open, which he and his bass club ran for over a decade. Last summer, Gaskill lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, but, until the end, still spent as much time on the water as his health would allow.
Those who knew him knew how important he felt it was to get the next generation into the sport of fishing. He took part in several Kids' Casting Contests as well as helping with the DNR Heritage Day event while he was involved in the bass club. Due to his drive to involve more kids in fishing, proceeds from the memorial tournament will go to a foundation called Tackle the Storm, with all money being earmarked for kids in Wisconsin.
Tackle the Storm helps kids who have experienced some sort of storm in their lives, be it natural or manmade, from kids who may have lost a home to a natural disaster to kids whose family has been torn apart in some way.
With every $5 raised, Tackle the Storm can supply one young angler with a rod, reel and tackle box, everything the young person needs to get out and go fishing. This gives kids a chance to get out into the outdoors and experience something new, to learn a new skill, gain confidence in themselves, spend time in the outdoors, and learn to cope with the problems of life in a different way.
The tournament will take place at the Hodag Park boat landing on Boom Lake in Rhinelander. Take off for the tournament will be at 7 a.m., with 2-person teams fishing until 3 p.m. There will be food and beverages available for purchase and a kids casting contest for kids under the age of 12. There will be prize drawings after weigh-in and before the awards ceremony. The public is welcomed to attend. Entry forms can be picked up at Mel's Trading Post in Rhinelander and Kurt's Island Sports in Minocqua. Those looking for more information can email beckiejoki@
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