DNR helping schools start fishing clubs

  • Monday, February 10, 2014

Interested in forming a bass fishing club at your school? All you need is a minimum of six students ages 11-18 with dues paid and you can have a Youth Bass Fishing Club. You’ll also need an adult at your school to help lead the club, provide advice and help arrange at least two club tournaments, fundraisers, speakers and other learning sessions pertaining to fishing for club meetings.

Youth Bass Fishing Clubs are a product of a partnership between the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, The Bass Federation of South Carolina and B.A.S.S with help and support from parents, teachers, school districts, local bait and tackle shops, community partners and Pure Fishing.

Conway High School recently held a “Let’s Go Fishing” seminar that featured saltwater captains from Murrells Inlet and freshwater speakers including local pro, Andrew Young.

The seminar raisied money for the upcoming spring fishing season for Conway and it provided an opportunity for local high school student anglers in the area to learn more about competitive bass fishing.

Student-anglers from Conway, Carolina Forest and Waccamaw high schools were present.

Adults who attended also learned from the local bass pros and saltwater captains. One saltwater captain said later he used the tips he got from his co-speaking partner and caught more fish on a charter that afternoon. Those who attended took home over $2,000 in raffle prizes.

Find more informationm about starting a school fishing club, go to www.dnr.sc.gov/aquaticed/youthbass/ or contact DNR aquatic education coordinator Lorianne Riggin at 803-737-8483 or RigginL@dnr.sc.gov.

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