Swain High Swainglers catching national attention

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It might be just a little over a year old, but the Swainglers Fishing Club at Swain County High School is already amassing its own press clippings. 

The school fishing club has already been featured multiple times in The Angler magazine.

Tammy Parris, club adviser, said the publication has asked for a monthly article.

“We’ve been featured many times, that’s been going over a year now,” she said.

One reason might be the popularity of the outdoors club with the students.

“The students love it, I have a huge waiting list with like 80 kids on it, and I have 35 members this year,” she said. “Usually, only 25 can go fishing due to other obligations, which is plenty to take fishing.”

Parris, along with a bus driver, and a school nurse accompany the students. The fishing spots have to be close to the school, since the students only have 45 minutes between lunch and the school’s club time once a month.

“It’s a good way for them to get outside, get fresh air, rejuvenate, come back and go to class,” Parris said. She added the club would like to eventually go on a full or half-day trip.

In June, junior Kade Biggs and Robbinsville’s Bryce Coates won first place at the WNC High School Anglers fishing tournament. 

Their combined weigh-in was 13.20 pounds.  The WNC High School Anglers is a tournament bass fishing organization for Western North Carolina and North Georgia students in middle and high school.  Tournaments are held once a month on a variety of lakes. Points are taken at every tournament and winners are announced at the end of the season.

Junior Daniel Ammons caught a four-pound largemouth bass on the club’s first trip in September 2016.

“We get to leave school and go fishing on club days, relax, get out of school and forget about all this for a while,” Ammons said.

Smoky Mountain Times

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