Aquinas wins high school state fishing championship

School started fishing program three months ago

A local school defended its home waters Sunday.

A team from Aquinas won the Wisconsin State High School Fishing Championship, reeling in four fish weighing a combined 8 lbs, 4 oz.

The team said this is the first year the Blugolds have a fishing team.

“A lot of kids follow the NFL, I follow pro fishing,” said Blugolds junior Collin Meyer. “For me, this is just living the dream.”

The state tournament was moved to La Crosse this year, but it is hardly the first tournament of its kind in our area. Over the last two years, the best anglers in the world have stopped in La Crosse for the Bassmaster Elite Series’ Mississippi River Rumble.

“We’re pretty excited, being from La Crosse,” Meyer said. “And I think it was a pretty good turnout. We had some good bites, we lost a couple good ones but we’re pretty happy with how it turned out.”

Aquinas advances to the Central Conference Regional Championship, which takes place in Ohio next September.

The top five teams on the Mississippi River were:

1st:  Aquinas High School – Colin Meyer and Hudson Schamberger, four bass, 8-4

2nd: Watertown High School – Steven Sellnow and Mitchell Vanert, four bass, 7-13

3rd: Brookfield Central High School – Ryu Xiong and Kin Xiong, three bass, 7-6

4th: Monona Grove High School – Nick Burger and Colton Darwin, three bass, 5-14

5th:  Pewaukee High School – Dakota Lenske and Dakota Koepp, one bass, 4-0

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