Woodland High starts fishing club

Fishing club catching on at Woodland

BEACON FALLS — Many high schoolers feel like they’re small fish in big ponds. But Woodland High junior Dylan Napoleone wants to catch the big fish in any sized ponds.

Napoleone and a group of fishing enthusiasts at the high school recently started the Woodland Fishing Club, a district-sanctioned club that continues the outdoorsy momentum begun a few years ago by the Woodland Timber Team.

“I had a real ambition to start this club,” said Napoleone, who was a sophomore when he successfully petitioned district administration to give his club the OK. “I realized that my school really did have enough interest and passion for the sport of fishing, which was a huge advantage.”

Two dozen students came to the club’s first meeting with advisor Bill Carangelo as the group began to lay out its goals. They had one group fishing outing this fall, but most of the club’s time was spent laying the groundwork.

“I have big plans for the club for 2019,” Napoleone said.

Napoleone said there are about 20 high schools in Connecticut with fishing clubs, and the Woodland Fishing Club will compete against those squads for a berth in the High School Bassmaster Championship at Kentucky Lake, which is located along the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

About a half-dozen Woodland anglers will participate in Connecticut Bass Nation high school tournaments, during which tournament-designated captains take a pair of anglers out on the water for the day….Full Story