High school fishing is officially now the fastest growing sport in high school history. It is a sport that any kid can do and is not gender-specific. They don’t need superior grade points or special physical skills. All they need is a love and respect for nature and the desire to excel.
Living and working on world renowned Lake Fork in Texas (33 of the 50 largest bass recorded in Texas were caught on this lake), the Lake Fork Area Chamber of Commerce has put together a unique fishing tournament. It is an open format so that any child can fish even if they do not belong to an organized fishing club. They can even be home schooled.
What is the most important asset that we have for the future? Our children. They are the future and anything that we can do to help should be a priority. With today’s economy, parents try to save enough to pay for their continued education. With this tournament, we improve the chances of that continued education.
The tournament continues to grow. In 2014, our inaugural year, 71 teams of three members (two anglers and a captain) participated from three states, attendance was about 1,000. There were only two schools in the area that had fishing teams. In 2017, 135 teams participated and seven states were represented. Over 2,000 people attended the 2017 tournament.
We awarded $15,000 in scholarships during the first two years; in 2016 and 2017, we awarded $20,000 in scholarships and prizes. The Lake Fork High School Open Tournament will be held July 20-22, 2018. Tournament headquarters will be at Oak Ridge Marina.
Our expectations for the 2018 tournament are the sky’s the limit. We look for this to grow and become a premier event that will attract kids from all over the nation. We’ve had a great start and with your help and support, we can make it even better.
Thank you for your participation,