Straight Off the Water
By John Mask – 8/12/19
people of North Mississippi are well aware that fishing is more than a
hobby. That is something that local fishermen Samuel and Keena Wiginton
wanted to make sure Jr. High and
High School students in our area understood.
The North Mississippi Youth Anglers Association came about after Wiginton approached Alcorn Central High School Principal, Mr. Brandon Quinn. The formation wasn’t immediate because it first originated as the Alcorn Central Fishing team. However, after some youth anglers in our area caught word that AC had a team, they wanted to a bite of the fun.
is when NMYA was born. Students from Alcorn Central, Kossuth,
Biggersville, Tishomingo County, and Corinth Middle School have all
taken an interest in the sport.
Wiginton told me that his main goal for putting together this
organization was to give students the chance to participate in some type
of school activity. Although that was
the root of the idea, other things went into play when the thought was
The North Mississippi Youth Anglers Association is a member of the parent organization, the
Angler Federation. As a member of the SAF, student participants can
earn scholarships and win prizes associated with certain tournaments.
Last year alone, the Student Angler Federation awarded over $2.7
million in scholarships and prizes during the 2019 World Championship in
Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
tournament, students have the opportunity to win cash prizes, trophies,
and potentially a winner’s plaque. All student fishers are accompanied
a boat captain and sometimes a teammate. Competitors each fish for
individual totals that land them on the leaderboards. At the end of the
tournament, each fisherman weighs in to decide the winner. Point totals
are kept after each tournament and added up at
the end of the year to determine who the Angler of the Year is at each
NMYA tries to host at least one tournament per month. This is to help
prepare each angler for the State Tournament in March. This gives each
gal the chance to land a spot at the National Tournament which might
lead to a bid to the World Championship. Several college coaches attend
this event including coaches from Blue Mountain and Itawamba Community
most recent tournament hosted by the North Mississippi Youth Anglers
was this past weekend at Goat Island. The tournament consisted of nine
from our area. This week’s tournament was a catfish tournament.
Top Three Finishers
1st Place – Nathan Gifford of KHS- 11.22 pounds
2nd Place – Jasen Wiginton of ACHS- 6.41 pounds
3rd Place – Callie Basden of BHS – 4.19 pounds
For more information on how to become a part of the North Mississippi Youth Anglers Association, contact Samuel Wiginton at firstname.lastname@example.org.