2012 Bassmasters Classic Champion Chris Lane will be the first to tell you he's always been hooked on fishing. "Started at 5, 6, or 7 years old just fishing, whether we were bream fishing or bass fishing, it didn't matter it was all about just being on the water."
In 2007, Lane decided that he wanted to give young anglers an opportunity for a good start of their own. On July 20th, Lane will host his 6th annual fishing camp for kids back in his hometown of Guntersville, Alabama.
"I just wanted to give back to the sport and getting kids involved is going to be a big part of this sport growing."
"We have a kids event that's called 'Reeling in Future Pros' and we teach kids how to fish and all my sponsors have been fantastic giving them rods, reels, tackle, hats and everything they need to go fishing," said Lane. "It's just a good time for them to learn and take home a bunch of stuff that they can go fishing with with and to know how."
Lane knows first hand that his camp can play a large impact for young anglers.
"I probably wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for the camps that we went to, Tom Mann's camp and stuff like that, everything they taught us at those camps really helped out."
That type of influence at a young age led Lane to be able to call himself a Bass Fishing World Champion.
"My dream of being a professional fisherman, that was phenomenal. But to win the classic is above and beyond anything I could ever imagine."