High school angler has pro aspirations

Living the dream as a professional angler takes commitment

It’s not just about fishing.

Austin Aikins is good at that. The senior at Central Catholic is one of two Pennsylvanians on the 2019 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team.

It’s a collection of 62 of the best, most well-rounded anglers from around the country. Sponsors nominate teens based on their fishing skills and leadership in conservation and community service.

Aikins checks those boxes.

He’s a die-hard outdoorsman, fishing or hunting for whatever’s in season. And a good one.

He and Richie Shulik, his classmate and partner on Central Catholic’s bass fishing team, finished seventh at last year’s PA B.A.S.S. Nation high school championship on Raystown Lake.