How Northwest fishing club began


Fishing club members enjoy meeting together to fish. Many of the members were new to fishing and have been taught how to fish in the club.

Angela Seo, staff writer

Northwest has a plethora of interesting clubs that you might not be able to find in any other school; one of these clubs that stands out is fishing club. Though students might have heard about fishing club, many don’t know how it first started.

Senior Cole Pickford is the president of the club and grew up fishing.

“I grew up in Hawaii for the first 10 years of my life, and the ocean was a major part of the culture there,” senior Cole Pickford said. “I grew up catching all sorts of fish and sharks and did some spearfishing if we wanted something to eat.”

Pickford took the initiative and wanted to start a club for his hobby when he was in middle school, but there were no teachers willing to sponsor it. It was not until his freshman year of high school when everything came together.

“During my freshman year, I had Mr. Aker, and I talked about fishing with him a lot in class, so I ended up asking him to sponsor and he did,” Pickford said.

Fishing club is a group for fishermen to meet each other and share stories. Often, many of them contact each other if they are going fishing. It also helps to teach people who have never fished before, according to Pickford.

Another student in fishing club is senior Layne Sossaman, who started fishing because of her older brother and her father.

“I have an older brother, and he and my dad have always been outdoors people,” Sossaman said. “We have a beach house with a big pond behind it, so they taught me how to catch tiny fish and it was fun to be able to spend time with my family.”

Sossaman joined fishing club because of the new and fun experience she could have. She also enjoys spending time outside, especially during the summer.

“Cole started it, and Mr. Aker is the sponsor of it, and I thought it would be fun to be able to have this social experience with all my friends and meet new people,” Sossaman said. “Also, Cole does a great job of getting events for us to help out such as teaching kids how to fish and going on trips with the group.”

“My favorite thing is the adrenaline rush and sense of accomplishment after putting in all the time working to enhance my knowledge of a fish so I can eventually hook one and bring it in. Having a fish in your hands after working so hard for it feels great,” Pickford said.