A Fishing Tale Come True

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From small boys, Mason Studley and Josh Arver loved to fish.  Their passion grew as they did and recently a dream has become a reality!  As members of Bass Assasins, a RI High School Jr. Bassmasters fishing club, they are one of two high school teams representing the state of RI at the 2016 National Cora Bassmasters High School fishing tournament in Tennessee.

Mason & Josh, and a Linoln, RI club team, won the state competition organized by RI Bassmasters Youth Directors, Ron and Terrie Bestwick (You rock!).

Mason and Josh could use your help to defray the costs associated with participating in this unique and exciting opportunity.  They will be representing RI's high school BASS fishing August 1st - 6th on the Kentucky Lake in Tennessee.

Any help you can offer is so appreciated!  Thank you.
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Just a note to thank everyone who was generous enough to help out the boys! Hopefully, you have now received your donation back. Unfortunately, Josh and Mason were unable to secure a boat and make the necessary arrangements to participate in the national tournament.

All of you are so appreciated and thank you again for your willingness to help Mason and Josh.

On behalf of Mason and Josh, best wishes to you and yours,
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First off, we would like to thank everyone who so generously donated to our trip to Tennessee for the 2016 National Cora Bassmasters High School fishing tournament!

One of the more challenging aspects of competing in the High School tournament is identifying a boat captain and boat in a different state. Unfortunately, with only 2 weeks to plan, we were not successful. But all is not lost!! We have been deferred to the 2017 national competition. Our names are already submitted and this will give us a year to plan the trip, fundraise and identify a boat captain and boat. Because of the generosity of those who helped us through this donation page, we have a solid foundation upon which to build during this coming year.

We will keep you all updated on our progress and, of course, on our participation in the 2017 high school competition. We are so proud to represent RI on the national stage! Thank you for helping us make our dreams come true!

Josh Arver and Mason Studley
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(A note I got from Mason's Dad this morning) Rahbeka,
Thank you so much for setting this up for the boys. It's very much appreciated. If you could post this following comment for me it would be appreciated .( I do not have Facebook)
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kindness and generosity. Ever since Mason was 3 he wanted to fish. That has been his passion. At that age I remember fishing with him at the brickyard in Barrington. He caught his first big fish ( a huge carp) and he was so excited he wanted to bring it home to show his grandparents. I remember putting him in his car seat , strapping him in, and watching him reach his arms out so he could have the fish on his lap for the 10 minute ride to Riverside. I watched him during the ride through the rear view mirror and will never forget the ear to ear smile he maintained for the whole ride. We pulled into the driveway and Mason started yelling out the window. " Grampa, Grampa , I did it! I caught the big one! From that moment on I knew we had something special. To this day each fish that he catches I watch his smile and I am at awe at the respect he has for each one. He carefully removes the hook and releases efficiently as he understands and respects sustainability and conservation.
( if you understand that a carp can live for an extended period out of the water you will be glad to hear that fish was brought back to the water and released)
Mason to this day cannot get enough time on the water. Every waking moment when he is not actually fishing, he is organizing tackle, studying technique, watching pro tournaments , and making his own fishing rods. He also has the unique opportunity to attend conventions and assist the Daiwa Pro Staff in marketing their gear. He is a junior member of the Cranston rod and gun club and intends on becoming an officer for Rhode Island DEM.
When he was little I used to hook the fish and hand him the pole to reel it in. At 16 he now hooks the fish and looks at me with pole outstretched and says " Here Dad. You bring this one in. ".
What you all have done is help Josh and Mason experience an opportunity of making it to this type of major event that until This past Saturday was only a dream.
Thank you all again!
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Helga Marques
19 months ago

So glad the boys will have this opportunity regardless if it's next year or next week!

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Helga Marques
19 months ago

So glad the boys will have this opportunity regardless if it's next year or next week!

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