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First-ever N.H. High School Bass Fishing Tournament Is Big Success, 2013

NHIAA_bass_GilfordHS_13CONCORD, N.H. -- An exciting new high school sports  competition - a student bass  fishing tournament -  took place  in New Hampshire yesterday, and from the looks of pride on the kids' faces, the day was a big success.  This year, 136 students  from 44 New Hampshire schools took part.

The New Hampshire  Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA)  conducted the event, with assistance from the N.H. Fish and Game Department,  on May 9, 2013, at Lee's  Mills in Moultonborough, NH on Lake Winnipesaukee. This year's event was a trial tournament (therefore limited in  scope), as the NHIAA and schools prepare for full implementation during the  2013-2014 academic year.

Individual medals were awarded for the largest total  catch (four fish maximum) and for the largest largemouth and largest smallmouth  bass caught.

The event included a strong educational component. Teams  had adult mentors who guided them through the process of learning about New  Hampshire's aquatic resources and the responsibility that goes along with being  anglers.

"We are excited that scholastic sports and the  angling community came together to create this opportunity for students  to set the foundation for a lifelong outdoor activity," said Karina Walsh,  who coordinates the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Let's Go Fishing  Program. Walsh and N.H. Fish and Game Fisheries Biologist Gabe Gries served on  the NHIAA Bass Fishing Committee and  provided logistical and volunteer  support for this event.

Additional information about the tournament can be found  on the NHIAA website at nhiaa.org.

The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association is  a private not for profit organization that has served as the leader of high  school athletics for its member schools in New Hampshire since 1947. The  student bass fishing tournament is in keeping with the NHIAA goals of adding  sports that will have lifelong appeal to student athletes and providing more  sports that are coed and inclusive to all populations within our schools.

Taken from the NH Fish and Game Website

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