REPUBLIC, Mo. - Bass fishing could become a sanctioned sport at Missouri schools. That's if enough of the school's athletic directors put bass fishing on this year's ballot for Missouri's sanctioned sports.
Republic High School teacher Jim Huson is pushing for bass fishing to be a sanctioned high school sport next year, meaning students would be able to compete for a state and even national title. They just need to reel in enough votes this spring.
"I've been fishing for about five or six years now and got really into it and fish in tournaments now," says Republic sophomore Brandon Durr.
Brandon is a rising star in the sport of bass fishing.
"Kind of got started with my dad and just stuck with it and got more into it and wanted more of it," says Durr. "Having that fish on the end of the line, fighting it into the boat, just, everything got me hooked on it."
If one of his teacher's has his way, Brandon could soon be competing for a state title. "For probably four or five years now we've had this passion for bringing this into Missouri Schools as basically a sanctioned sport," says Republic High School teacher Jim Huson.
Huson is leading a push to make bass fishing a sanctioned high school sport in the state of Missouri.