Rival high school anglers fishing together

Rival schools use fishing to break boundaries

Rodney Sampson had a vision to start a fishing program in the area to let high school students have the opportunity to enjoy nature’s gifts.

The idea manifested into the PRC Bass Assassins during the 2012-2013 school year.

Sampson said the group started off small, only consisting of a couple of kids that participated in a pond fishing tournament.

However, since then the program has grown exponentially, and Sampson credits the students for the increase in numbers.

“Really it’s just been the kids promoting it,” Sampson said. “It’s just been a good thing for the young kids to be a part of.”

Eventually word spread to other local areas, and Picayune Memorial High School joined with the Picayune Riptide, and the Poplarville Hooks following soon thereafter. The Bass Assassins compete in tournaments once a month, starting at daybreak and fishing until the afternoon.

The competitions have an interesting dynamic in that anglers are paired off as a team….Full Story