Angler Profile – Emma Pickett
Seventeen-year-old Emma Pickett recalls catching bass, crappie and stripers with her dad when she was 6 years old.
Her friends told her about high school fishing during her freshman year at William Monroe High School and asked her about joining the school’s bass club.
“I joined and I love it,” she said. “I like how you get to meet new people and they all want to do what you are doing in tournaments and stuff. And they are all so nice.”
The high school junior has finished second in a Virginia B.A.S.S. Nation Junior State Qualifier (JSQ) and has recorded Top 10 finishes in Junior State Qualifiers. “I think high school fishing has made me a better person because I have to learn to be patient and I need to learn that you can‘t always get frustrated. If someone else beats you, you have to congratulate them. It has also helped me a lot about being better as a person.”
Pickett likes to help others by holding high school fundraiser tournaments. She organized a high school benefit team tournament for Hurricane Irma relief on Nov. 4, 2017 at Lake Anna in Virginia (See B.A.S.S. Times June 2018 issue).
Her high school fishing goal is to win the Virginia Nation High School State Championship and qualify for the Bassmaster High School National Championship.
Pickett plans on attending college, but she is unsure about fishing at the collegiate level. “I hope to be playing softball in college so I don’t know how that will work,” she said. She plans on majoring in environmental science and is considering attending Christopher Newport University, which has a bass team, or Virginia Wesleyan University.