Nutbush set to host high school state bass fishing championship

Apr. 19, 2013 @ 09:35 PM

High school anglers from around the state will hit the Kerr Lake waters at Nutbush Park Saturday in an event affiliated with The Bass Federation.

Mark Gintert, the national youth director for The Bass Federation, said 18 teams were registered for the competition, also a partner with FLW. The number is an increase from last year’s event at Kerr Lake, although about half the number of boats the average state championship fields.

Gintert hoped to add a few more teams during Friday night’s registration.

“Still, anytime you get growth anywhere, you’re happy with it,” Gintert said. “I’d like to see it grow a little faster, but we’re making progress.”

The Student Angler Federation works in conjunction with The Bass Federation and is designed to get high school students involved in fishing and form school clubs.

Gintert lives in Kentucky for seven to eight months out of the year and travels around the country organizing tournaments. He calls high school fishing one of the fastest growing sports in the nation.

A regional youth tournament will also be held out of Nutbush Saturday.

Gintert was in Oklahoma last week for a state championship and this is his first visit to Kerr Lake.

“It’s a beautiful facility,” said Gintert. “Our organization has held a lot of events here before, but it’s my first trip out here to Nutbush Park. And by the way, whoever designed that and put that together, that’s a beautiful facility.”

“Certainly I think that that’s going to be a big calling card for the city of Henderson to draw fishing tournaments and events like this in the city,” added Gintert.

Each boat, scheduled to be on the water by 7 a.m., has two anglers along with a captain and a five-bass limit. The weigh-in is slated for 2:30 p.m.

The winning high school team earns a berth in a regional event while the top youth team qualifies for an August national championship in Louisiana.

Contact the writer at kholtzman@hendersondispatch.com.