Fishing is something that can be done virtually by anyone at any age, according to a Fort Smith Bass Club official.

"Getting kids into fishing is what we are about," said Billy Fuller, president for the Fort Smith Bass Club. "Fishing is something you can do regardless of whether you are 4 years old or you are 84 years old. When you throw that lure out there, that bass doesn't know how old you are, which is why you can fish all of your life."

The Fort Smith Bass Club will host its Back to School Youth/Adult Tournament from 6:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Fort Smith Park, 5301 Riverfront Drive. The event will include two age groups — ages 12 and younger and ages 13-18 — and will offer prize money to the first-, second- and third-place winners in each age group, Fuller said.

"We already have over 30 teams signed up, which is exciting," he said. "We wanted to do something for the kids. That is part of the mission of the Fort Smith Bass Club, which is, as far as we know based on our records, is the oldest bass club in Arkansas."

Registration is $50 per boat and can be completed by calling Billy Fuller at (479) 883-6122. A free rod-and-reel combo will be given to participants. The gathering also will include $100 guaranteed payout for big bass in each age group and $50 guaranteed payout for the largest junk fish in each age group.

Contestants and guests will be treated to a free lunch. Adults also can enter a chance to win a bass boat, which will be on display during the tournament, Fuller said.

"We are trying to make this a really cool deal for kids," he said. "We would love to make this an annual event. That is the plan.

"Obviously, officials have done some beautiful things to redo Fort Smith Park," Fuller added. "A few of our wives will be cooking hot dogs, and there will be chips, cookies and drinks for people. It will be something fun."