An exciting new high school sports competition – a student bass fishing tournament – took place in New Hampshire yesterday, and from the looks of pride on the kids’ faces, the day was a big success.  The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) conducted the event, with assistance from the N.H. Fish and Game Department, on May 9, 2013, at Lee’s Mills in Moultonborough, NH on Lake Winnipesaukee. This year’s event was a trial tournament (therefore limited in scope), as the NHIAA and schools prepare for full implementation during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Individual medals were awarded for the largest total catch (four fish maximum) and for the largest largemouth and largest smallmouth bass caught.

The event included a strong educational component. Teams had adult mentors who guided them through the process of learning about New Hampshire’s aquatic resources and the responsibility that goes along with being anglers.

“We are excited that scholastic sports and the angling community came together to create this opportunity for students to set the foundation for a lifelong outdoor activity,” said Karina Walsh, who coordinates the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Let’s Go Fishing Program. Walsh and N.H. Fish and Game Fisheries Biologist Gabe Gries served on the NHIAA Bass Fishing Committee and provided logistical and volunteer support for this event.

Image courtesy New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

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