by KAREN HALL
Ask Taylor County School superintendent Charles Higdon what he thinks about High School Fishing, and he’ll say “It’s been a game-changer for so many of our kids”.
One of the first schools in Kentucky to add high school fishing to their program line-up, Taylor County High School has a very active team. Several of their students have accepted scholarships to fish in college, and Mr. Higdon says “our fishing team is here to stay”. “Getting kids connected to the school through a variety of activities is paramount to the success of each student” says Higdon. “Bass fishing is very important to our high school.”
When asked about concerns some schools have when approached with starting a fishing team, Higdon explains, “We feel the liability is no higher with bass fishing than any other sport. School insurance, and insurance provided through sanctioned tournaments covers those concerns. We’re going to do what’s best for our kids. Supporting bass fishing is good for our kids.”
We caught up with Superintendent Higdon last week for a casual chat about bass fishing and Taylor County High School. He encourages all high schools to consider adding a fishing team to “reach those kids who aren’t involved in the traditional high school extracurriculars”. He’s passionate about this sport, and invites other schools with questions on his high school program to reach out to him at 270-469-5759.