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#11797591 - 08/25/16 10:55 PM Be open minded
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I'm seeing a trend....Too many High School bass fishermen not enough captains..Right or wrong? Could this open door for High School kayak bass fishing teams? Would support it or Discourage it
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#11797636 - 08/25/16 11:58 PM Re: Be open minded [Re: Thecrankster]
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I could see that be a viable option but I doubt that it would get much tread to get moving. I imagine the kids see the pros on tv and would want to be like them in bass boats rather than kayaks. It would probably have some liability issue involved. In a boat they adult is there to supervise. It would be tough to come back from a kid being alone in a kayak and getting into trouble and drowning.

Boat captains, from my understanding, have to have a boat of a certain size, maintain certain insurance policies not to mention the time commitment. The schools really should look into purchasing boats and insurance and hiring part time employees to drive. In Texas, the football teams bring in enough money to send some of it towards other activities. Maybe some of the larger tournament trails should invest in their future by funding these also.

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#11797895 - 08/26/16 08:26 AM Re: Be open minded [Re: Thecrankster]
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This is a good thread... Im not sure how I feel on this one. I think that the safety question is a concern, but maybe these kids should be fishing from a kayak? Maybe it will humble some kids at young age? This is going to give me something to think about today!
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#11797926 - 08/26/16 08:40 AM Re: Be open minded [Re: Thecrankster]
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I'm the coach for a high school team.....you're 100% correct....not enough boat captains......about 1/2 of my club own "yaks"....and they have a "paper" tournament all the time......the really enjoy it....

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#11798124 - 08/26/16 10:11 AM Re: Be open minded [Re: Thecrankster]
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Unfortunately, there aren't enough boat captains or boats for that matter. I imagine budgets, insurance and the upkeep wouldn't allow for recreational vehicles like a boat. I wish it was offered when I was in school, I think it's great that our youths's interest is growing more and more in this sport.


Edited by FisH4HogZ (08/26/16 10:13 AM)

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#11798328 - 08/26/16 11:47 AM Re: Be open minded [Re: Bobby Milam]
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Originally Posted By: Bobby Milam


Boat captains, from my understanding, have to have a boat of a certain size, maintain certain insurance policies not to mention the time commitment. The schools really should look into purchasing boats and insurance and hiring part time employees to drive. In Texas, the football teams bring in enough money to send some of it towards other activities. Maybe some of the larger tournament trails should invest in their future by funding these also.


HS athletics bring money to the school. HS fishing does not (at this time) and is a terrible spectator sport. In actuality, HS fishing has little to do with the school and, IMO, needs to stay this way as long as possible.
I've seen everything from pontoon boats to ski boats at HS tourneys. If it floats and has a livewell, it has representation.
A smart boater should already have insurance and the added liability coverage shouldn't add much to the price if you aren't already there.
As far as time commitment? How much does it really take?
I'm already on the lake(s) almost every weekend. I do have to juggle my own tourneys to try and not conflict with the HS schedule but I'm upfront with my anglers. IF it's a conflict, they lose and we'll have to find them another captain for that date. It's happened a couple of times but this last year I passed on my stuff to fish with my anglers at their Regionals and State events. No way was I going to miss what "we" as a team had accomplished.
Which brings us to what it really is. An opportunity to bond with some youngsters, teach them a little about fishing and other life lessons and share in some of their greatest moments.
Time commitments?
Are we really to busy to invest in the future of the sport we love and the upcoming people who will continue it? It's TIME and a little money.....really.

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#11798340 - 08/26/16 11:50 AM Re: Be open minded [Re: Txduckhunter]
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I dont believe the Bass fishing in HS so far is not actually UIL supported.Thus UIL funds are likely not available.

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#11798374 - 08/26/16 12:08 PM Re: Be open minded [Re: Thecrankster]
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Prolly a good lesson in general as to the expense of bass fishing via a boat.
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#11798377 - 08/26/16 12:10 PM Re: Be open minded [Re: Txduckhunter]
dreamweaver96 Offline
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Registered: 04/02/16
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Originally Posted By: Txduckhunter


HS athletics bring money to the school. HS fishing does not (at this time) and is a terrible spectator sport. In actuality, HS fishing has little to do with the school and, IMO, needs to stay this way as long as possible.
I've seen everything from pontoon boats to ski boats at HS tourneys. If it floats and has a livewell, it has representation.
A smart boater should already have insurance and the added liability coverage shouldn't add much to the price if you aren't already there.
As far as time commitment? How much does it really take?
I'm already on the lake(s) almost every weekend. I do have to juggle my own tourneys to try and not conflict with the HS schedule but I'm upfront with my anglers. IF it's a conflict, they lose and we'll have to find them another captain for that date. It's happened a couple of times but this last year I passed on my stuff to fish with my anglers at their Regionals and State events. No way was I going to miss what "we" as a team had accomplished.
Which brings us to what it really is. An opportunity to bond with some youngsters, teach them a little about fishing and other life lessons and share in some of their greatest moments.
Time commitments?
Are we really to busy to invest in the future of the sport we love and the upcoming people who will continue it? It's TIME and a little money.....really.


Could not have put this any better!!!

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#11798393 - 08/26/16 12:17 PM Re: Be open minded [Re: Thecrankster]
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You think there's no boat captains now wait til we hit the financial crisis wow
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#11798439 - 08/26/16 12:35 PM Re: Be open minded [Re: Thecrankster]
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That's Ikes next career move to bring yak bass fishing to the masses...Watch when he rolls up in his truck at the classic during weigh in look at his yak on top...I think it can work both ways..Me and my son wouldnt be talking about or participating in Bass fishing had it not been for our Kayaks


Edited by Thecrankster (08/26/16 12:36 PM)
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