By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
Local students can reel in college scholarship money through a new fishing group.
North Mississippi Youth Anglers is open to students at all of the local schools for grades 7-12.
So far about six members are in the group, and five of them are from Alcorn Central and one from Kossuth. It started in November, and members have already fished a few tournaments.
Sam Wiginton is the volunteer advisor who started the group and organizes fishing tournaments for the youth to compete in.
“It’s been fun,” Wiginton said. “The kids have enjoyed it when we get out and go fishing.”
He hopes more students from all of the local schools join as well as home school and private school students.
The potential to earn college scholarships through fishing is a great opportunity given the cost of higher education, Wiginton noted.
”It’s really about helping the kids advance their education through scholarships and about having fun,” said Wiginton.
To fish with the group the youth need a 16-foot or longer boat with a combustion engine, safety disconnect device, live well and insurance on the boat. The youth cannot drive the boat and must have a captain, which could be a parent or someone else.
The students compete against each other in the fishing tournaments, which are on Saturdays, to see who can catch the biggest fish. The captains also compete against each other so they can fish as well.
The youth join the Student Anglers Federation and mainly fish for bass. But Wiginton said there will soon be a crappie tournament and possibly a catfish tournament this summer.
They usually fish at Pickwick, but Wiginton hopes they can try some other spots as well, such as Tippah Lake and Lake Lamar Bruce.
The group recently competed in the state championship with several other schools at Fulton Lake and can take part in the nationals in Muscle Shoals in June.
Those who are interested in joining should contact Wiginton at North Mississippi Youth Anglers on Facebook or email Northmississippiyouthanglers@yahoo.com.
Members of the group so far are Tobias Wiginton, Jasen Wiginton, Abby Grosinske, Noah Knight, Hunter Thomas and Nathan Gifford.
He thanked the sponsors of the fishing club — Roger’s and Gardner’s supermarkets, Hughes Performance Outboards, Lonnie’s Sporting Goods, Midsouth Neurology, Katy Phillips at the Five Salon & Spa, Gunn Drug Co., attorneys Nick Bain and Tyler Moss, and Thrasher Sports Apparel.