All About that Bass

High school seniors Bo Adams and Logan Hall recently placed 36 out of 260 at the Mossy Oak BassMasters High School Central Open. According to the official final standings, they caught a total of  five fish and had a final weight of nine pounds 13 ounces. They are pictured here holding awards from The Bass Federation State Tournament. Pictured from left are: Bo Adams, Wes Adams and Logan Hall.

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By Jessie Brydges
Staff Writer

Bo Adams and Logan Hall recently competed at the Mossy Oak Bassmasters High School Central Open.

There they placed 36th out of 260. 

The tournament was open to all high schoolers in the U.S., in fact, the winning team was out of Chicago. 

Adams grew up fishing and has always enjoyed the sport. 

When he was in the eighth grade, Adams was interested in joining a school fishing team. However, there was no organized team through Henryetta High School. 

Finally in 9th grade he wrote up a paper and presented it to the school board. The program was accepted. 

When they were just starting out there were only two students who signed up, there are now 20.

The team travels around the state to compete in tournaments against other high schools. 

At the end of the year, the teams who acquired the highest number of tournament points are invited to compete in the nationals in June. 

Winners of the tournaments can also receive scholarships and money prizes. 

Fishing is one of the fastest growing sports in the US right now and many colleges are adding fishing programs of their own to the curriculum. 

Adams goal is to enroll in a college with a good fishing program and continue the sport. 

But more than that he wants to see his high school carry on the legacy.

Adams has certainly put a lot of himself into the program already. 

eam members meet in the auditorium to practice casting and lure techniques under Adams tutelage. He also takes members out on Henryetta Lake and Okemah Lake to teach them different skills they will need to improve in order to compete. 

“I want to see this program get bigger and better every year,” Adams said. 

The fishing team  also holds fundraisers to help with expenses. The next fundraiser planned is for April and will be a pond tournament. More information will be available as the tournament gets closer. 

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