Some days it pays to stay out late. It certainly did recently for Richard Levesque of West Stanton, Vt. It was nearly 9:00pm last Wednesday evening when Levesque pulled a huge walleye through a hole drilled in the Lake Champlain ice.
The fish, which measured 32 inches in length and 20 inches in girth, weighed 14.55 lbs. It is now recognized as an official Vermont state record.
The monster fish eclipsed the previous record of 13.44 lbs taken in 1997 on the Clyde by Doug Niles of Newport Center, Vt.
Athletic academic anglers
There will be fewer athletes doing wind sprints, pushups or extra laps at the end of varsity practice sessions this spring at high schools across Alabama. If coaches have their way, these athletes wouldn't be playing on a baseball field, a basketball court or any other traditional sports venue.
Rather, student athletes will be hauling an assortment of flippin' sticks , Shimano level wind reels and a tackle box full of lures and soft baits to sports practice. And the grass of their playing field will be under the water of local lakes, ponds and rivers.
If enough schools support teams under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association; bass fishing may soon qualify for consideration as a full Varsity sport.
Similar to several other states, High School Athletic Associations, the Alabama High School Bass Fishing Club Tournament Series will kick off the new season on March 6 at Wheeler Lake in Decatur.
An estimated 20 high schools across the state are expected to field fishing teams for the inaugural event, which organizers hope will soon become one of the most popular sporting pursuits offered on the high school level.
Last year, 198 High Schools participated in the inaugural season of competitive bass angling in Illinois. An additional 27 schools have announced plans to host Bass Fishing Teams for the second season of competitive bass fishing in Illinois, bringing the total to 231 teams this year.