Texas high school team has fast start

KHS fishers off to reel-y good start

Kingwood High School student Jacob Swerdloff displays a 8.2-pound big bass he caught at the tournament in Lake Somerville.
The Kingwood High School bass fishing team is off to its best start in its short history. The 5-year-old club currently ranks fourth among 28 Houston-area teams as bass fishing quickly becomes one of Texas’ fastest growing sports.

“So far we’re having our best year. We’ve always had a few teams compete every year, but as a team we never been ranked very high,” club founder and co-sponsor Russell Traylor said. “For one of the smaller programs, we’re having a good year, we’ve had multiple teams have top 10 finishes.”

Despite a steady growth in members over the last five years, the KHS Bass Fishing Team is continuing its search for new members.

“When we started five years ago, we had about 40 kids show interest, however most of them were interested in salt-water fishing so the team didn’t end up being that big,” Traylor said.

Luckily for those interested in salt-water fishing, a salt-water division has been added this season Traylor confirmed. Salt-water tournaments will begin in mid-November.

“Currently we have about 20 members, three or four will be participating in our salt-water tournaments, the rest compete in our bass tournaments,” Traylor said.

The bass fishing tournaments comprise of hundreds of boats per competition, two competitors per boat along with an adult captain….Read More