BHS Yellow Jackets (FL) SAF Club Spotlight

BHS Yellow Jackets Fishing Team

Club name: BHS Yellow Jackets

Date Club Began: May 31, 2011

School Name & Mascot: Bartow High School Yellow Jackets

City/State: Bartow, FL

Club Email Address: or

Club Website:

Club Advisor: Derek Boswell

Club President: Mike Boswell

Number of members:  30

How often does your club meet? Monthly

How did your club get started?   2011 Florida High School Fishing State Championship

Club’s favorite lake and why? Kissimmee – Big Bass

Conservation Projects – Cedar Trail Landfill near Bartow, has partnered with our club to do the Adopt a Highway program. Our anglers will go out on January 14th and help pick up trash and clean up the sides of the highway. The Landfill also has Phosphate pit our anglers will fish on January 28. The FWC will be there and have a marine biologist on hand to help answer any questions our anglers might have about water temperature, ph balances in the water, etc. This should be a good learning experience for our anglers.

Club Fundraisers – DB Bait & Tackle helped us host fundraisers to help pay for the club jerseys

Any local sponsors that help support your club? Bartow Ford, DB Bait & Tackle, Deep South Fishing Rods, McBroom’s Stamps, Awards & Personalized Gifts, Cedar Trail Landfill

Where do you get your volunteer boaters from? Parents & Local Bass Club

Tell us something unique about your club: We have a diverse group of anglers. We fish in central and south Florida Lakes.

We are hosting our first SAF Open Tournament (open to ALL active SAF members) December 10th called the Bobby Lane Cup, in name of FLW Tour Pro! He will be present at the weigh-in to hand out awards!

Bartow High School Yellow Jackets will be having the first ever High School Bass Fishing Dual with the Plant City Raiders on December 17th on Lake Summit. Each school will bring 4 teams to compete where the heaviest combined weight of all 4 teams will be crowned champs and carry the 3′ trophy back to their school’s trophy case! There will also be awards given for biggest bag and biggest bass.