Currently in 8th place after Day 1 of competition.
Cole Moulton of Enfield, NH, once again qualified to represent NH at the Junior Bassmasters National Tournament in Tennessee. Cole, age 13, is a student in the Mascoma Valley Regional school district and is involved in various sports throughout the year. Cole’s father, Eric, is the NH Juniors captain/coach. Cole's partner this year is Chance Vantran, age 14, from Hampstead, NH. Cole’s mother Jennifer and younger brother Tanner also made the trip to support the NH team.
The National Tournaments are taking place on 1000-Acre Recreational Lake in Huntingdon, Tennessee, with the team arriving for practice sessions and opening ceremonies several days ago. Live weigh-ins can be watched on the Bassmaster.com website, look for them to begin around 2:30 PM on July 31 and August 1. You can also view the leaderboard HERE. After Day 1 weigh-in, Cole and Chance sit in 8th place overall out of the 54 Jr. teams. Less than 2 pounds separate them from the top spot, so they are hopeful for a big catch today in Day 2 that brings them closer to the top of that leaderboard. Stay tuned!
View the archive video of Day 1 weigh in here, and skip to 1:05:10 timestamp to see the NH team weigh-in and interview.
The boys bring their Day 1 catch to weigh-in at Bassmasters Jr Nationals
Wonder how Cole and Chance qualified for Nationals? NH Jr. Bassmasters is broken up into two categories:
1. The Jr. division, which is for kids aged 7-14. The kids are awarded a certain number of points when they finish in a tournament and then top two in the state qualify to go to Nationals. Last year there were six tournaments, including "team" tournaments. This year there are four "points" tournaments and three team events, where they could win a prize for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd but don't generate points.
2. The high school division is made up of two-person teams from the same school district. There are three tournaments for the high schoolers and they have one final tournament in the fall where the top two high school teams in the state go on to Nationals. They also can qualify to win prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for all the tournaments through the season. Anyone going into their Freshman year of High School cannot qualify for the Jr. division that year.
2018 Opening Ceremonies. The gym at Bethel University was packed: 352 schools, 38 states, and 3 Countries represented (USA, Canada, and Zimbabwe). There are 54 Jr. division teams and 330 High School division teams.
Along with the tournaments, the NH Jr. Bassmasters have a booth at the Rockingham Hunting and Fishing Expo that the kids run to raffle off items and talk about the program to those interested. They also participate in a number of community service events as well: conservation clean up at the beach on Wentworth Lake, a casting event at the Kainen M. Flynn Memorial Fishing Derby, and they go to Camp Carefree to work with the kids on casting and fishing.
NH's 2018 Jr. division team: Cole, Chance, and Eric
NH Jr. Bassmasters is part of NH Bass Nation. The "larger" sponsors on their jersey are through that organization. NH Bass Nation also donated some proceeds from one of their tournaments to the Jr. team. Cole and Chance also thank the local sponsors that helped to get them to 2018 Jr. Bassmasters National Tournament: Front Row Italian Pizzeria & Sports Bar, John Turner Consulting, 3rd Alarm Charters, Moulton Builders, Tasco Security, and Legendary Painting Plus. They also have Quantum Fishing reels, who gives them a great discount on all their rods and reels.
Other than a small amount of sponsorship, each family is responsible for getting to Tennessee and paying for lodging and food. The captain/coach must also bring the boat the boys are going to use during the tournament and pay for gas. The sponsors and Go Fund Me page help to offset these costs. You can support Cole Moulton (and coach Eric Moulton) at gf.me/u/j9kzmb
The Moulton Family of Enfield, NH: Jen, Tanner, Cole and Eric