High School Angler Profile – Hunter Baird
Although he is only a sophomore at Southeast Saline High School in Kansas, Hunter Baird has already gained experience competing in bass fishing national championships.
Baird won the 11- to 14-year-old division of the TBF Kansas state championship in 2012 and fished in the 2012 National Guard Junior World Championship in Georgia. Last year Baird competed in his second national championship when he and his partner Nick Davenport fished in the Costa Bassmaster High School Series National Championship at Kentucky Lake. The Salina Sticks high school club members finished 21st out of 175 teams in the national championship.
Baird and Davenport have been spreading the word about high school bass fishing to young anglers throughout Kansas. Their diligence has been paying off since Baird has noticed in a couple of recent Kansas high school tournaments the field has increased from 25 boats to 35 boats.
Baird said he enjoys high school bass fishing because “it gets kids out there fishing and gives kids a lot of opportunities to fish.” He discloses his goals for high school fishing are “to make friends, have fun and catch some fish.”
The 15-year-old Baird plans on attending Kansas State University or a college that offers him a scholarship to join its bass fishing team. “I really want to go to college to fish,” said Baird, who plans on majoring in business.
After college, he hopes to pursue a career in fishing. “My dream since I was little has been to go fish professionally,” he said.