Prepare for High School Fishing
There are a few great ways to prepare for the next level of your fishing career, high school fishing. First, as a junior angler you need to do your research. Figure out which high school tournament series is best for you. Whether that is the closest, biggest, or best that will be something you need to decide. Each state will have their own state tournament series so be sure to check them first.
Make sure that the tournament series has a Junior Angler Division that you can compete in. Next, you will want to compete in every tournament possible. The competition you will be facing will be anglers close to your age and the same anglers you will compete against when it’s your turn to fish at the high school level. The experience is invaluable as you can learn the art of tournament fishing, how high school fishing works, and the lakes around your area.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
There are several questions Junior anglers and their parents consistently have about Junior and high school fishing. The information below addresses the following:
WHAT IS JUNIOR ANGLER FISHING?
Junior Anglers are 7th and 8th grade anglers (a junior angler must be over the age of 13 to sign up for our website) who compete against each other in a fishing tournament series to get themselves ready for fishing at the high school level. There are great Junior Angler Tournaments divisions all over the country! Check out the local high school tournaments to see if they offer a Junior Angler Division near you. This is a great way to learn to compete on the water with anglers of your age.
HOW DO I FISH AS A JUNIOR ANGLER?
Many of the high school tournament trails will have a junior angler division. Reach out to the local high school division and ask about their Junior Angler Program. Junior Anglers need a few things to get started. First, you will need to find the best tournament series for you. Next, you will need to find a boat captain. The boat captain will need to be over 21 years old and will drive the boat at your tournaments, so whether it is a parent or friend be sure to pick someone you trust. Lastly, find a partner to fish with. You will be able to fish by yourself but other teams will have partners so they will have a competitive edge. If you can’t find a partner, ask the tournament director as they will help you find one. Fishing in the Junior Angler Division is a great way to learn the ins and outs of high school fishing as well.
WHO ARE THE BEST JUNIOR ANGLERS?
We have created a Junior Angler Rankings. We are ranking the best young anglers in the country to find out who are the best Junior prospects. This gives you a head start going into high school fishing because you will have already started your resume for college fishing! Get signed up today and see where you stand against the nation’s best Junior anglers.
DO I NEED A BOAT TO COMPETE IN HIGH SCHOOL OR JUNIOR ANGLER TOURNAMENTS?
No, if you join a high school or junior angler tournament series, they will try to pair you with an angler who has a boat and needs a fishing partner. Be sure to reach out to the tournament director and ask their policy before joining.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM HIGH SCHOOL FISHING?
High school fishing has come a long way in the past few years. There are high school fishing divisions in every state. Each high school event gives you the opportunity to make the state championship and eventually the National Championship. More and more college fishing scholarships are being given through high school tournament series’ in various states. The national championship gave out over $2.7 millions of scholarship money to high school anglers competing in the National and World Championships.