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The One That Got Caught

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News March 2019

For three decades, the PVA Bass Tour has hooked hundreds of anglers with disabilities on the thrill of sport fishing.

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It’s been said that if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. That’s certainly true of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Bass Tour, which has been teaching hundreds of anglers with disabilities and feeding their lifetime passion for more than 30 years. What started as a single tournament in Central Florida has spawned into six or seven two-day nationwide tournaments a year. 

The tour officially took form in 1996 when more PVA chapters began submitting bids to host tournaments.

“Some of these guys started out not knowing anything about fishing, and now some of these guys own their own boats and fish competitively outside of the tour,” says Alan Earl, former PVA associate director of Sports and Recreation. “They’ve gone back home and joined a bass club, and it’s just really changed disabled fishing. These guys have really integrated with the bassing community and become just as competitive as anybody else."

 

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