High School Anglers to Compete on Pickwick

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TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s a first of its kind event for the state of Alabama, and some high school students are ready to grab their lures and charge the trolling motor battery.

If you’ve grown up in Alabama or have spent just a few days or weeks here, you should know how big fishing is and it’s national draw.

Apart from the pro angler ranks, there’s another class of fishermen coming up, the college and high school anglers.

For the first time, a fishing tournament for high school anglers from across the state is being planned for May 2013, on Pickwick Lake.

“You’re seeing it just explode; it’s really becoming a big deal,” said Pro Angler Timmy Horton. “I think it really gives these kids something to compete for, it gives them something to get together as a team.”

High school senior Dakota Bolton has participated with the Belgreen Bulldog Angler Club for two years.

Bolton hopes the Alabama High School Athletic Association will soon recognize fishing as a high school sport.

“It will add popularity to the schools, and it will give the schools that don’t have football teams another leg in sports,” explained Bolton.

Right now, there are 46 high school teams across the state of Alabama.

Tournament organizers say that number continues to grow.

The Timmy Horton High School Bass Anglers Championship on Pickwick Lake will have the fishermen competing for scholarship money on May 18, 2013.