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By Tim Domaille

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The Dream of A Lifetime - - -

 How many of us “experienced” fishermen spend our days dreaming about fishing in the BassMaster Classic?  For two young Minnesota fisherman, that dream has become a reality at the junior level.  Adam Jorgensen from Fairmont, Minnesota and Don Brennhofer from Belle Plaine, Minnesota are two young men who have achieved the junior anglers ultimate dream.  During February, Don and Adam participated in the 2006 Junior BassMaster World Championship in Leesburg, Florida.


Adam Jorgenson

 To qualify for the event both young anglers had to finish first in the Junior State Championship within their specific age groups.  FutureBass had the opportunity to speak with Adam and Don and to get feedback on their experience and what steps they had to take to achieve the “dream of a lifetime.”

Adam Jorgenson participated in the eleven to fourteen, age group. He finished fifteenth at the prestigious event. Adam is a member of the junior club of the Basseekers and won his classic berth on Prior Lake, Minnesota.

  Adam had a lot of fun at the Junior Championship and will always remember the experience. The angler selected to fish with Adam was Pro Bass Fisherman Scott Rook.

  Adam enjoys many styles of fishing but his favorite is. “Fishing plastic worms and spinner baits.” Says Adam. 

 What are Adam’s goals for 2006?  “Fish with the junior club of the Basseekers once again in 2006 and to clinch a second victory in the State Championship.”  This would ultimately lead to another trip to the Junior BassMaster World Championship for Adam.

  When asked who Adams greatest influence or hero has been to date. “Scott Rook” he responded. “Scott taught me a lot during the championship and was a great guy to learn from.” 

 Don Brennhofer participated in the fifteen thru eighteen, age group. He finished 13th at the 2006 Championship in Leesburg, Florida.  Don is a member of the, Jr. Gopher BassMasters club, and took first place in the Minnesota state championship. 


Don Brennhofer with legendary Rick Clunn

  Don also had the experience of a lifetime at the Championship, and stated. “The tournament directors made all the participants feel like the tournament was really a big deal”.  It was a big deal as only the top youths were present from each state and respective age groups.  “I felt very important and enjoyed my first Championship visit.”

  Dons’ Pro Angler for the tournament was the legendary Rick Clunn.  How lucky can a youngster get?

  When asked what his favorite fishing technique was, Don stated. “Texas rigging worms and creatures.  Jigs are a close second.”

  Some of his fishing goals are to join the Gopher BassMasters club once he meets the age requirements.  “I hope to fish my way to the BassMaster Classic through the federation,” Says the young angler. A hefty goal but he is definitely on the right track and we may very well see Don at the Classic in the future.

  When asked who Don’s greatest influence or hero has been to date. “My uncle Art.” He stated “Art took the time to introduce me to the sport of bass fishing and continues to provide guidance and advice as needed”. 

 What GREAT accomplishments these two young men achieved. The future of our sport depends not only on these young people but also on our ability as sport fisherman to provide guidance and to inspire. Take a youth fishing anytime you get a chance, the reward can be more gratifying than any tournament win.

Adam and Don....... Keep up the good work guys!