LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Some of the anglers eliminated from the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament spent the day with high school students Saturday morning.
The pros called it a chance for up-and-coming anglers to gain tricks of the trade.
These high school students learned techniques, tournament tactics and seasonal patterns.
"Some of the ways I fish, I may not be fishing the way they do so you can kinda change your style and see if that helps you out," said Central High School junior Collin Eddy.
Some of the students, like Eddy, competed in the Junior Bassmaster Tournament last weekend.
Many are looking to become an Elite Series pro and appreciated the chance to ask the anglers the questions they had about improving their skills.
"When I was growing up and getting into bass fishing, they didn't have anything like this," said James Niggemeyer, a Bassmaster Elite Series Pro. "Everything was kinda trial and error and what you read. But now I can get one-on-one with every individual and just share some of the things that work with me both in my guide service at Lake Fork at home, and on the tournament trails - I travel across the country - in competition."
The students spent the first part of the day in 15 minute sessions, each with one of seven elite anglers.
Then got a backstage tour of the facilities and met with sponsors. Some of the students were able to go on stage for the weigh-in in the afternoon.
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