Posted Date: 10/01/2018
South Side students started a new event this year, fishing. After a meeting with interested students, the second meeting with parents produced 4 teams. South Side Bee Branch School District is affiliated with the Arkansas High School Bassers, an organization that helps promote tournament fishing in local schools. Students in Grades 5-12 can compete in pairs with a boat captain. These teams will compete in tournaments around the state for a chance to fish in the final, that is to be announced in the spring. The teams representing the school are Parker Hutchins and Hayden Black, Harrison Hall and Cody Hall, Cole Pennington and Caleb Pennington, Ely Ferguson and Noah Meadows with coach Travis Love.
Students involved will learn sportsmanship, teamwork, biology and seasonal movement of sport fish, and the needed habitat to support marine life. They are responsible for their strategies in breaking down the lake; however, they can ask the boat captain for advice. These conditions make for the perfect on-site teaching class. This sport does involve early mornings and late drives back home, but the skills learned are well worth the experience.
This last Saturday, the 29th of September, Parker Hutchins, Hayden Black and captain Adam Black caught 5 fish for a little over 4 pounds. They competed on Lake Maumelle with 89 other teams and one of the few boats that checked 5 fish. The other teams had other obligations that kept them from competing.
The teams will be spending some time getting sponsors for their fishing jerseys and possibly equipment to help them in their quest for the championship tournament.
The remaining tournaments are as follows:
10/20 - Greers Ferry (Devil's Fork)
2/23 - Lake Hamilton
3/9 - Lake Dardanelle (State Park)
4/6 - Lake Ouachita (Brady Mtn)
4/27 - Lake Degray (Spillway)
5/18 - AHSB Classic (Venue TBD)