Minooka High angler signs with McKendree U. bass team

Bass fishing on national signing day: Scholastic and collegiate bass fishing reached that stage

All-American bass angler Wyatt Pazdro sat at the same signing table as football, baseball, volleyball and softball players and a runner at Minooka Community High School.

Sometimes a signing letter is the right lure.

On national signing day Wednesday at Minooka Community High School, Wyatt Pazdro signed a letter of intent to compete in bass fishing at McKendree University. Yes, the All-American Pazdro, in his Bearcat-purple shirt and tie, was at the same table as three football players (Noah Ellens, Jake Shipla and Michael Susner), two baseball players (Nicholas Gough and Nick Serr), a cross-country runner (Julia Dames), a softball player (Samantha Norman) and a volleyball player (Rafael Vieyra III).

Bass fishing has come a long way since the Illinois High School Association made it a scholastic activity in 2008-09.

In 2010, Bethel University became the first college to offer bass-fishing scholarships. In less than a decade, B.A.S.S. had its first Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team….Full Story