High school fishing growing in Minnesota

High School Fishing Teams On The Rise In The Land Of 10,000 Lakes

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It is a sport coming to its conclusion this Sunday, and it is one growing in popularity.

Fishing. You read right, fishing.

It is a club-type sport right now, bass only, with apps they can follow in the boat as a scoreboard.

One-hundred-twenty-six qualifiers will take a shot this week in a sport that makes perfect sense for Minnesota.

In some respects, it makes sense In fact, in Minnesota you could say I can’t believe it took this long to create competition for one of our favorite pastimes.

That is what they are in the process of doing, creating a league for kids who want to participate in something non-traditional as a sport; tradition rich as an outdoor sport.

“I wasn’t able to play contact sports, so I decided to join the fishing team because I life fishing, and [it’s] something I can do that was also at the school and still competitive,” said high school fisherman Zach Hapka.

Teams are preparing this week for their state tournament, which will be held Sunday on Lake Minnetonka. These teams love to prepare.

“A lot of pre-fishing, finding spots, and just mentally preparing yourself,” said team member T.J. Ringer.

The name of the game is to catch fish, or is it? Seems anytime you can get young people participating with a common cause, you have a victory of sorts. Because to be a part of a team is to be a part of something special.

“Gives kids … that can’t be in, you know, other sports an opportunity to try something else,” said fishing coach Van Hapka.

There is a rush for the angler who pursues it in these parts. That was decided a long time ago. We love opening day, we love the challenge of man versus fish. This just heightens the adrenaline….Full Story and Video