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Kevin Gofron Announces 10 Years of Kids’ Fishing Days

Kevin Gofron discusses how he began supporting the Illinois Bass Anglers Kids’ Fishing Days, now 10 years ago.

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Kevin Gofron is an esteemed professional in the label making business with Avery Dennison Corporation. Outside of work, Kevin Gofron has a long-standing hobby of competitive and recreational bass fishing. Kevin Gofron does not only enjoy fishing himself, however. For Kevin Gofron, being a part of the fishing community means being giving back by supporting young people at Illinois Bass Anglers Kids’ Fishing Days for the past 10 years.

Kevin Gofron was first acknowledged at the Kids’ Fishing Day in 2003, which was attended by almost 40 children and their families. Kevin Gofron is great with kids, and he loves to be involved in these events. “There’s a simple joy in teaching children to catch bass,” explains Kevin Gofron. “That first time in 2003, all but two of the kids caught at least one fish, and many of them had never held a fishing rod before in their lives. It was such a fun, magical day.”

Kevin Gofron was notably involved again in 2006 for another Kids’ Fishing Day. “Some of the kids come back year to year, and their families have taken them out on the water between the events. It’s great because you can see how much they’ve improved, and they love to show off their new skills as they get better year to year,” says Kevin Gofron.

The Illinois Bass Anglers Association, of which Kevin Gofron has been an active member for 10 years, is a group of Illinois anglers who are truly devoted to the enjoyment and wellbeing of young children. In fact, Kevin Gofron is proud to be a part of an organization that continually supports such charities as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants the wishes of children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses.

The Illinois Bass Anglers Association also hosts youth fishing competitions, which are catch-and-release. Kevin Gofron believes that it is never too early to start fishing. Kevin Gofron, whose advice comes from the experiences that he has had with the association’s Kids’ Fishing Day events, says, “Get started young. If you are an adult with children, bring your kids out for a great day on the water. Bring the whole family out. You won’t regret it.”

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Kevin Gofron Celebrates Four-Year Anniversary With Flat-Coated Retriever Society

Well-regarded businessman Kevin Gofron has been a member of the Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America for four years.

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After four years as an active member of the Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America, Kevin Gofron announces that he is not going anywhere. The Flat-Coated Retriever Society is the American Kennel Club organization that revolves around Flat-Coated Retrievers, the dog breed of which Kevin Gofron is a huge fan.

Kevin Gofron’s interest in the Flat-Coated Retriever Society is based not only on his love for the breed, but for the strong rescue and referral work that the Society does. While the Flat-Coated Retriever Society focuses largely on maintaining the standards of the breed for the purpose of competitions, the Society also keeps a record of resources for health problems that these dogs may face. For Kevin Gofron, these resources are invaluable, but even more important is the aforementioned rescue program.

“The Flat-Coated Retriever Society works hard to make sure that dogs have a home,” comments Kevin Gofron. “We’re dog people. We love animals, and we hate to see a dog of this breed holed up in a shelter or abandoned in an emergency situation.” The Society works hard to rehabilitate these dogs to find each of them a loving home.

“It is so sad to me that anyone would think of getting rid of their Flat-Coat dog,” says Kevin Gofron. “They are truly lovely dogs, easy to train, and they really live up to their names—they’ll really retrieve anything!” Because the Flat-Coated Retriever was originally bred to retrieve game for hunters, Kevin Gofron’s statement rings true: this breed is an ideal “fetch” dog.

As an avid sport fisherman, Kevin Gofron can definitely appreciate a dog that loves the water. For Kevin Gofron, a dog that can come along and enjoy a bass fishing trip is an ideal dog. A dog that can be a loved family member but also is able to meet the breed standards is, for Kevin Gofron, a wonderful companion animal.

“I really cannot say enough things about this breed,” adds Kevin Gofron. “If you are considering a dog, consider a Flat-Coated Retriever. They are fun loving, wonderful dogs, and they will be a friend to you for life.”

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Kevin Gofron Announces 10-Year Anniversary of Membership With Illinois Bass Anglers Association

Kevin Gofron has been a member of the Illinois Bass Anglers Association for a full 10 years.

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As a hardworking entrepreneur in the field of pressure sensitive adhesive label making, it is certainly a wonder that Kevin Gofron has time for much else. However, maintaining a work-life balance is important enough to Kevin Gofron that he is now celebrating a full ten years of membership with the Illinois Bass Anglers association.

“To be totally honest, the fishing came first,” says Kevin Gofron. “I’ve been fishing since I was a very young child. My father always took me out to the creek in the afternoons, and we had some great conversations. I learned a lot from him about fishing as a sport—as an art, really.”

It was his lifelong passion for bass fishing that brought Kevin Gofron to the Illinois Bass Anglers Association. His 22 years of dedication to the label making business have prepared Kevin Gofron to approach any endeavor, whether in work or in leisure, with strategy and enthusiasm. “I have always been oriented toward results,” notes Kevin Gofron.

However, strategizing in the fishing world is not an exact science. “I have found that fishing is a great sport because it serves as a reminder that your strategy, your cast, all of it—you can be on point, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen.” The unpredictable nature of fishing is where Kevin Gofron finds his enjoyment. “We do our best, of course, but the fun is in the waiting, watching, trying to time it all in exactly the right way.”

Kevin Gofron has even competed in competitions hosted by the Illinois Bass Anglers Association with a teammate or partner fisherman. “Teamwork is important in the working world,” says Kevin Gofron, “and it is also crucial when you are working together out on the water.” The tournaments are catch-and-release only.

Kevin Gofron loves the competitions hosted by the Illinois Bass Anglers Association, as well as their willingness to accommodate all levels of sport anglers, from beginners to seasoned sport fishers. The Association also accommodates members who do not have their own boats, so that everyone who wants to be involved in sport fishing is able to be Kevin Gofron urges anyone in the area with an interest in bass fishing to check them to register.

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