SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - Bass fishing has become one of the fastest growing sports for high school students in Texas, and this weekend lake Sam Rayburn will be flooded with students looking to catch the big one.
It might have been all fun and games in downtown San Augustine Friday night, but on Sunday, it will be all about the prize.
"It's about going out there having fun and catch some fish," said Hunter Curry from Broaddus.
The second annual National High School Open Bass Tournament in San Augustine expects to draw teens from all over East Texas.
Many of the teens believe they were born for this.
"I was born into a family of fisherman and named me after a boat and everything," said Trident Manous from Hemphill.
The sport of high school fishing has grown over the last year with the biggest growth occurring right here in Deep East Texas. Anglers said the main reason was having Lake Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend in the area as well as the popularity of professional fishing.
"Anybody can do it," said Robert Morgan of Broaddus. "You don't have to be a truly psychically built person, you just have to be aware of your surroundings. It is being seen as an alternative to a basketball or a baseball which millions of people are trying to get a career in. As in bass fishing, no matter how many people are there you can still try to achieve a career in it."
Money could be in the future for some of these anglers, but that's not what brings them to the lake.
"I would suggest doing it," Manous said. "It is a fun way to relax. It's fun to do, get out in the open and try something new."
"For me it's when you're out just having a fun time with your parents," Curry said. "You get to bond."
"Fishing really brings out the sportsmanship and the whole idea of competing not against each other but against Mother Nature," said event coordinator Terry Sympson.
So while the teams bond over some competitive games, on Sunday they will be competing for the biggest catch.
The event is Sunday June 22 on Lake Sam Rayburn from the Bill and Emily Shelton Pavilion with the weigh-in being held at 2 p.m.