Graves High casts its line

Bass fishing snags other HS sportsmen

Graves County High School has cast its line early in the formation of bass fishing as a competitive high school activity. Here, Collin Feezor and Tyler Mangrum fish Kentucky Lake. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association will add bass fishing as a varsity sport-activity starting next year, Commissioner Julian Tackett announced recently. Kentucky becomes the second state nationally to offer bass fishing as a varsity sport, following Illinois. Students fish in two-person teams in all high school fishing tournaments and are accompanied on the water by a coach or a volunteer. Walter Haney of FLW Outdoors said, “We need all the clubs to help spread the word about the May 5 Kentucky State Championship. The event also will be held in conjunction with the Kentucky State Bluegrass Games. We challenge the clubs to get 200 teams entered and make it the largest high school fishing tournament in history. If we hit 200 boats, there is a good chance we can get national media coverage!” Anyone interested in serving as a boat captain or volunteer for that event may email whaney@flwoutdoors.com or phone (270) 252-1575. To learn more, log on to www.HighSchoolFishing.org.

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