B.A.S.S. has recently announced http://www.bassmaster.com/highschool its official move into high school fishing.
“The B.A.S.S. High School Nation is a new program that will help shape the future of the sport, one high school club at a time. The High School clubs will enjoy camaraderie and competition, as well as education and conservation programs.
As part of the B.A.S.S. High School Nation, young anglers can compete in the B.A.S.S. High School Nation Open and in the B.A.S.S. High School Nation Championship, the first of which will be held in 2014. Teen anglers can also attend the High School Elite Experience, a free opportunity for anglers who live near certain Bassmaster Elite Series tour stops.”
B.A.S.S., of course, has run its Junior Bassmaster tournaments for years targeting Federation Nation (now just “Nation”) youth anglers. As worthy as that program is, over the last few years it’s been overshadowed by the growth and media attention given to FLW/TBF high school fishing.
The High School Elite Experience http://www.bassmaster.com/video/high-schoolers-get-elite-experience is already a fixture on Elite tour stops. Last year, for example, 130 Illinois high schoolers got to meet Jerry McKinnis, a bunch of Elite Pros and dozens of Illinois college anglers during a day of events and seminars in Nelson Park.
High School Nation won’t begin until next year but it’s still a very exciting development for the sport.
Keep up-to-date on college and high school fishing at Varsity Bass http://www.varsitybass.com.