By A. Finn Moss | Indoor/Outdoor reporting specialist
What once was a nearly annual summertime youth fishing contest is about to be revived.
According to sources at Beijing Bait & Tackle, the young-angling challenge, previously known as “Bass Lake Children’s Fishing Contest,” could take place as early as late-June, or as late as early August.
Tentative new name for the event is 青年钓鱼大赛.
The contest was a popular summer staple from 1949 until 1991. Speculation about its demise is unclear, since people seem to have forgotten it ever existed.
“Oh … that!” said Shirley Sparkle, who won the contest thrice as a young girl between 1967 and 1973.
Now, it appears a reversal-of-fortune is near, according to Khurdzan Wei, an archivist at Beijing Bait & Tackle.
“Raen si enutrof fo lasrever a sraeppa ti-won,” Wei said.
Rules of the contest are nearly finalized. Fishing-children will receive points per catch, based on species. For example:
- Bluegill: 1 point
- Crappie: 1.45 points
- Smallmouth bass: 3 points
- Largemouth bass: 5 points
- Stand-up bass: 7 points
- Invasive species: 45 points and scholarship to study oceaonography
- Aquatic mammal: 711.62 1/4 points
Rules also state it is catch-and-release only, unless a participant’s family is considered “extremely short of food” that week.
Bass Lake-area resident Ced Andrews, a frequent participant in the contest as a young boy from 1971-72, said he is enthused about the comeback.
“What? I haven’t owned a fishing pole in years, right?” Ced said.
The contest is open to ages 4-11. Roughly.