For the second straight year, Saint Viator’s bass fishing team finished among the top four at sectionals, which took place May 4 at Busse Woods. While only the top three teams advance to state, Saint Viator was named the alternate team in case one of the other schools cannot make it.
“We were one pound away from placing third,” says Br. Peter Lamick, CSV '07, who has coached the team since 2018.
He adds that for the second year in a row a member of the team caught the biggest fish of the tournament, which is an honorary award for the individual student, and the team. Colton Faulkner, ’23, caught the prized bass, which weighed in at 2.08 pounds and another at 2 pounds. He competed on the team last year that qualified for state, though the tournament never took place due to inclement weather.
“For me it’s all about the excitement and competitiveness of the sport,” Colton says. “I love a challenge and fishing is all about adapting new skills and techniques to figure out what the fish are biting -- and where they are going to be located."
“I had a great experience at the tournament,” he adds. “It is always fun going up against different anglers from our local area. I am looking forward to some upcoming tournaments.”
Of the 15 boats in last Thursday’s sectionals, Saint Viator had two. Boat 1 included co-presidents of the club, Colton and Luke Altman ‘23, as well as Ryan Halperin ’24 and Chase Dymon ’24. Led by Colton’s two large bass, the team registered three fish at the end of the day and placed fourth.
Boat 2 included: Michael Schneider ‘26, Colin McInerney ‘26, Clayton King ’25 and Devin Adams ’24. The boat was one of three teams to register 5 fish and finished in 7th place.
Interest in bass fishing continues to grow. Br. Lamick had as many as 25 students initially show interest but 15 regularly participated in the team activities. However, the IHSA restricts participation in the state series to a maximum of eight students. Consequently, Br. Lamick and his assistant coach, Michael Schneider, established a point system and had multiple competitions this winter and spring for students to earn a spot on the eight-student roster.
“I have enjoyed coaching bass fishing because there are many Viator students who want to connect with other students who share their passion for fishing -- and experience fishing competitions which are not widely available to young people,” Br. Lamick says. “I provide a way for them to connect, form friendships, and develop their fishing knowledge and skills through the team's activities and competitions.”