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    Kentucky becomes second state to make bass fishing a high school sport

    My debate is not intended to knock angling and yes, I understand that it does require skills (and equipment.) Still, I do question schools funding these type of "hobby/recreational" type sports while cutting out the arts (music, drama, painting, etc.)

    Do you agree / disagree that high schools should look to add more of these type of sports? I do appreciate the point made that this allows kids that perhaps aren't athletic enough (or may not be interested ) for football, basketball, etc.

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    I'm personally all for it as long as they don't cut the arts. Two of my kids would've totally been on board with joining this sport, although I would be reluctant to pay for the fees our school charges per sport for fishing. What they should be doing is looking at any sports where enrollment has significantly dropped. I was looking through my daughter's annual and was shocked to see only six kids enrolled in gymnastics. She said that none of them were actually high school students either, but middle school kids who were bumped up. I'm guessing they'd have much more enrollment from both males and females in fishing than what our gymnastics department had, so it would make more economical sense for our school (I can speak for our school only) to invest in this alternative and have gymnastics be a private sport. So I don't think a state (especially in states where fishing is a huge) endorsing this sport for high school, I don't think would be such a bad idea.
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    If they can afford it and it is not at the cost of more important things i think its great. I think a lot of kids get their main opportunities to join extra curricular activities through school and overall i think finding something like this to spend free time on is a good thing. There are tons of extra curriculars that schools offer that are not just traditional athlete sport related. Some are competitive, some are not competitive, some focus on athletic skills, some focus on other types of skills. Some are a mix.

    Assuming the program wasn't added at the expense of something significantly more important education-wise, i can't imagine what the objection would be.
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    I think it's pretty cool! A lot of sports are regional and fishing fits right in with KY and IL. I don't know the first thing about fishing so please correct me if I'm wrong, but it doesn't cost all that much does it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ethanwinfield View Post
    I think it's pretty cool! A lot of sports are regional and fishing fits right in with KY and IL. I don't know the first thing about fishing so please correct me if I'm wrong, but it doesn't cost all that much does it?
    A good fishing rod alone will cost more than hockey equipment. My brother bought a rod at least 8 years ago and it was $1400.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire'sMommy View Post
    A good fishing rod alone will cost more than hockey equipment. My brother bought a rod at least 8 years ago and it was $1400.
    I'm not a believer that you have to buy a 1400 dollar rod in order to participate in high school bass fishing. You can spend significantly less on a rod. 1400 is extremely high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    I'm not a believer that you have to buy a 1400 dollar rod in order to participate in high school bass fishing. You can spend significantly less on a rod. 1400 is extremely high.
    Trust me, I'm not a believer that my brother needs a $16000 bass boat or a $1400 rod. I do think though that kids (and parents sometimes) want to have the best equipment because they think it gives them a competitive advantage even though it probably doesn't to a big degree. I remember in highschool I had a $120 badminton racquet - we're talking 1987 - that was a ton back then.
    I know guys who are super into fishing and have spent tons of cash on lures, rods, waders, and other equipment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire'sMommy View Post
    Trust me, I'm not a believer that my brother needs a $16000 bass boat or a $1400 rod. I do think though that kids (and parents sometimes) want to have the best equipment because they think it gives them a competitive advantage even though it probably doesn't to a big degree. I remember in highschool I had a $120 badminton racquet - we're talking 1987 - that was a ton back then.
    I know guys who are super into fishing and have spent tons of cash on lures, rods, waders, and other equipment.
    I'm sure high school kids want all the best, but a lot of kids are brought down to earth by the parents, like they should be. I did a little searching around and I found lots of options in the hundreds, many of which in the 100 - 200, many really cheap ones under 100 and not that many at all in the 4 digits.

    I just think its paints a little bit of a clearer picture that this sport can be played by high school students without spending quite that much.

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    When did we get away from the concept of athletics being something you actively do with your body? I have no problem with fishing being a school activity, but IMHO it shouldn't qualify as an athletic program. Sitting in a boat hoping a fish will bite your bait? Give me a break! And the winner is whoever catches the biggest fish? Where is the skill in that? That's luck.

    Not to mention that catch & release is a horrible practice, inhumane to the fish, high death rates from the stress & pain, why do we want to encourage our kids to brutalize living animals? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marc-b..._b_565677.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    When did we get away from the concept of athletics being something you actively do with your body? I have no problem with fishing being a school activity, but IMHO it shouldn't qualify as an athletic program. Sitting in a boat hoping a fish will bite your bait? Give me a break! And the winner is whoever catches the biggest fish? Where is the skill in that? That's luck.

    Not to mention that catch & release is a horrible practice, inhumane to the fish, high death rates from the stress & pain, why do we want to encourage our kids to brutalize living animals? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marc-b..._b_565677.html
    Have you ever been fishing? It can be quite the workout I tell you. Lots of upper body work and you need to be strong when reeling in a big one.

    Since Fishing is on the sports channels I'm good with it be classified as a sport. I also don't think equipment for fishing have to cost 1400.00 a person. That's insane. My fishing rod cost me about 85.00 and it's a good one. No one needs a 1400.00 pole especially a teenager.
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