The Muhlenberg County High School Bass Fishing Program, which has established itself as a consistent contender for the KHSAA State Championship each year, is hosting one of its major fundraisers this weekend with a swap meet. in Greenville.
More than 50 vendor tables will be available Saturday from 7 am to 3 pm for a day of buying, trading and selling fishing gear at MCHS’ Felix E. Martin Jr. Hall.
According to Mustangs head coach Cody Napier, the team will also unveil their new custom boat at 10 a.m., followed by Major League Fishing pro Bradley Roy, who will speak at 10:30 a.m.
More than anything, Napier wants to urge anyone interested in fishing to attend.
“We’ve done this a couple of times, and this is an event where we can get the fishing community out there,” he said. “For a lot of the younger kids who don’t have a lot of gear, it’s an opportunity to buy and sell to other people for perhaps a much cheaper price: used gear or new gear. We just want to get people out in the winter, and it’s an opportunity to talk about fishing.
“This is an opportunity for anyone in the area to come. It is open to anyone who loves fishing.”
The annual swap meeting was canceled last year due to snow, but Napier said the event is one of the best sources of funding for the spring bass fishing program.
“This is one of the ways we raise money,” he said. “In fact, we will be revealing the new team boat that morning, we brought it home last week. They were excited. We are one of the first schools in the state of Kentucky to get a new boat. There are a few other teams that have used boats, but as far as I know, we are the first to have a new one.
“God willing, we’ll have good weather and this thing, we’ll get people out and raise more money. We still have a little to raise for the boat, but we’re getting close.”
Just having a new boat means a lot to Mustangs, Napier added.
“It gives us a chance to wrap up the boat and make it our own, like a basketball court or a football field with the Mustang logo on it,” he said. “In fact, we will have our own boat instead of me or the other trainers using ours. It’s from the school and the team, and with the latest and greatest technology, we’ll be able to get the kids out there and teach them to get better and learn about what fish do.”
And, the hope is that the new boat will help the Mustangs continue to improve to the state championship level, something Muhlenberg County couldn’t do without the support of the community.
“It has been exciting. It’s been something that a lot of people don’t know, but it seems like year after year we’ve been blessed and we’ve been successful,” Napier added. “Another milestone for us this year was getting that boat. It’s something the team has wanted from the beginning, something we’ve worked hard to achieve.
“We have been truly blessed with the community supporting us and helping us raise money. We have worked hard for it, the children have worked hard. We have also had many adults and volunteers to help, and we really appreciate the support of the fishing community. It has been a great blessing to help us get to where we are now.
“It’s not just me, it’s not just the kids, it’s everyone coming together. It’s a community effort.”
Admission to the event is $5, and children 10 and under are free.