Marshall’s Marine in Lake City hosts bass class
LAKE CITY, S.C. – Marshall’s Marine in Lake City hosted nearly 22 high schools and middle schools Saturday for a bass class.
Justin Altman, a representative of Marshall’s Marine, said the company hosted the teams to give them an opportunity to learn more about fishing and fishing techniques.
Schools from all over South Carolina attended the event, including South Florence High School and East Clarendon High School, he said.
“It’s a free event we put on just for them, the parents and the grandparents,” Altman said.
Tony Gray, the Bassmaster national youth director for South Carolina, was one of the presenters. Several other state fishing professionals were also represented.
Gray said the bass class provided a chance for students who are already part of the High School Bass Challenge to learn techniques from some of the state’s professionals.
“Also, we had Matt Herren here who is a Skeeter Yamaha pro fishing on the bass elite, which is a top event of our program,” Gray said. “So he came in and spoke to the crowd.”
Bass classes for students are hosted every so often for awareness, Gray said.
“There are still a lot of schools in South Carolina that does not even know that this exists,” he said. “And my goal as the youth director for South Carolina is to try to get in all the schools that I can across South Carolina.”
The High School Bass Challenge is a certified high school bass fishing program. Students use the platform to fish toward a trail championship, and if they finish in the top three percent of a trail tournament, they gain points toward the national championship, Gray said.
“Three hundred thirty-seven teams last year competed in the 2018 championship,” Gray said. “We had two teams from South Carolina to advance to the top 10.”
James Gibbons represented South Florence High School in 2017 and won the high school bass championship.