By Daniel E. McGonigle
The Caledonia Argus
Twenty-five students at Caledonia high school have expressed an interest in joining the bass fishing club.
“It’s similar to trap shooting,” said Caledonia MS/HS counselor Brent Schroeder.
Schroeder is working with other fathers to help bring the bass fishing team to Caledonia.
“I’m taking the lead now but I hope to step back and let someone else step up and take it over once we get it going,” said Schroeder.
To date, the club has had four meetings and Schroeder, along with students and one father, came before the Caledonia school board.
“What I’m looking for from the board is we’d like to have Caledonia high school associated with the club.”
Because of its distance from other Minnesota bass fishing clubs, Caledonia has opted to join the Wisconsin Bass Federation.
“Mainly because of location,” Schroeder said.
He noted that Minnesota clubs are mainly located in the lakes region, such as Willmar, St. Cloud and Brainerd, etc.
He informed the board that there is a tournament scheduled on May 13 and 14.
Each competitor is to have a boat captain and only two members of the team are allowed to fish per boat.
Schroeder said the club has secured insurance and he also noted that more and more schools are forming bass fishing clubs.
“It’s really starting to take off,” he said.
He added that there are significant scholarship dollars available for students.
He said like any sport there would be a varsity, junior level and youth level.
When asked about those students who might be interested in joining the club but might not have access to boats and equipment, Schroeder said the group would fundraise and that he hopes more community members would come forward and volunteer to take the kids out on their boats.
“We can have several students on a boat during practice,” he said. “We can only have two students per boat during competitions.”