Park Falls, Wis. – Yes, football is still king of high school sports, at least in the South. However, many students who play under the Friday night lights are standing on the deck of a bass boat early the next morning, their school colors splattered across a bass fishing jersey instead of a helmet, casting for school pride instead of tackling for it.
This is the case at Oak Mountain High School located in Birmingham, Ala. The bass fishing team here started six years ago with half a dozen anglers. Now, the team is 19 members strong. Although the growth is impressive, it’s not an anomaly. The B.A.S.S. High School Nation has a roster of over 6,000 anglers, and this is just one of many tournament organizations catering to young fishermen. The explosion of participation in this segment of competitive angling is tremendous, and the Oak Mountain High School fishing team is a shining example of why this trend will continue.