Aitkin High anglers compete in state championship

Aitkin High School’s newest sport–fishing

The Aitkin Anglers, Aitkin High School’s (AHS) newest sport is fishing. The idea was the brainchild of Kaija Davies. “I needed a senior project for Mr. Miller’s class and wanted to come up with something that would benefit students who are not into traditional sports,” said Davies.

High school fishing clubs are becoming popular all around the state. Three years ago there was only a handful of club fishing teams around the state; now there are more than 300 schools that have a fishing team. It only makes sense in the land of 10,000 lakes to have high school age students be part of fishing teams. Plus, it costs the school zero dollars. Expenses and equipment are paid for by the student-athletes.

The only cost to a student-athlete is a $25 registration fee which provides some liability insurance in case a person accidentally injures another fisher person. With the registration, the students automatically become members of the Student Angler Federation (SAF) and Student Anglers Tournament Trail (SATT). There is no charge to enter a tournament and the team can enter tournaments in other states.

With so many lakes in the Aitkin area, a high school fishing team for AHS made sense. Although fishing clubs are not sanctioned by the Minnesota State High School League, the same rules apply to fishing team members as sanctioned sports like football….Full Story