Get hooked with Bullard High School's bass fishing team
Bullard, Tx — There's something heating up in Bullard this Summer and it's not football, Bullard High School has formed its own bass fishing team and is representing the school at competitions.
We spoke with the advisor to get more information that will reel you in on this team.
The Bullard Panthers have formed a new team in East Texas this Summer and it doesn't meet at a field.
They are the first school in the area to start a bass fishing team.
The club advisor, Tim Haugh, told KETK how the team got started. He said, "My son and i were watching a college fishing tournament and they were having the weigh in and they had some high school kids weighing in and he asked me if there was high school fishing and i had no idea and i started looking on the internet and found the student angler federation they're based out of Oklahoma and got involved."
The team consists of ten high school students and even though it isn't actually a school event, they represent the school in competitions.
Although the team enjoys the experience of fishing at different lakes while out at competitions, their home lake is on Lake Palestine.
Their first real competition met at Cedar Creek Lake against teams from Fourney and Kaufman High School.
Haugh told KETK, "Cedar Creek this time of year is tough, but all of our kids brought in fish, not a lot of fish were caught but every single one of our kids did bring in fish which was good i think it helped, i think it helped our moral."
We also spoke with the youth director from The Bass Federation to get more information about high school competitive teams. Clint Farris told KETK, "They need to get a sponsor, which is usually a coach or a teacher anything like that or it can even be a parent, and they get six guys together and they go to highschoolfishing.org and get set up on the website and get their team registered through TBF."
Haugh also told KETK that each team requires someone over twenty-one in the boat who serves as a captain. He said all of his team captains are the parents of the kids and the only hard part for them is that they aren't allowed to fish.
There is a Bullard bass fishing tournament coming up in September at Lake Tyler where the team will raise money. "Our next tournament is on lake Tyler September 29th its actually a fundraiser tournament there is a family in Bullard their little girl Caylee Grace has had some heart issues and we want to charge 50 dollars per high school team and 100% of the proceeds will go to helping out with medical bills or whatever," Haugh said.
If you are interested in starting your own high school bass fishing team you can go to highschoolfishing.org and register.