MOULTONBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) — For the first time, bass fishing is a spring sport in some New Hampshire high schools.
It’s part of a trial program being launched by the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association.
With help from the state Fish and Game Department, teams work with mentors to learn about the state’s aquatic resources and the responsibilities of being anglers. Students are competing in a tournament Thursday on Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough.
Individual medals are being awarded to the largest total catch — four fish maximum — and for the largest largemouth and largest smallmouth bass caught.
Schools would prepare for full implementation of the sport during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Officials say the tournament fits with the association’s goal of adding more coed sports that are inclusive of all students.