Angler Profile – Ike Andrews
By John Neporadny Jr.
Benedictine College Preparatory School senior Ike Andrews takes pride in being the founder of his high school’s fishing team.
“It is just really cool to spread the sport throughout high school,” says Andrews, who is also president of the Benedictine College Preparatory Fishing Team. “When we started our club there were only four people and now we have 24 members. Now I have made really close friends who didn’t even start fishing until this year. I have been able to teach them and get them into it. Being able to spread fishing throughout your school is really, really cool.”
The 18-year-old Andrews says he has been fishing with his dad before he “can even remember”. He was introduced to competitive bass fishing in sixth grade when he fished a middle school tournament and he started fishing high school events his sophomore year when he founded the Benedictine club. Andrews and Jake Schattner won the Virginia B.A.S.S. Nation High School State Championship last year and qualified for the 2017 Bassmaster High School National Championship.
Andrews relishes winning the Virginia state championship, but he is most proud of another achievement. “My biggest accomplishment though is making it so my school has a fishing team and it is going to have a fishing team for as long as we can have it,” he says. His main goal for high school fishing is to continue to increase participation for his high school team and the Virginia B.A.S.S. Nation High School program.
After graduating from Benedictine, Andrews plans on serving as the team’s coach and getting involved with the high school. He will also be attending Christopher Newport University where he plans on possibly taking business and marine biology courses and fishing for the school’s bass club.
The Virginia angler hopes his future holds a career involving fishing. “I would like to start my own business somewhere within the fishing industry,” Andrews says. “I am not really sure what, but I know I want to do something in fishing.”