High School fishing has arrived in Southern Kentucky as the Wayne County Bass Bandits hosted their first High School Fishing Tournament Saturday at Conley Bottom Marina on Lake Cumberland.
Sixteen two person teams launched their boats on Saturday morning as a cold front arrived with a stiff north east wind that didn't exactly help the already tough conditions on the lake. But as always youth did prevail and the team of Bradley Dunagan and Trey Hardwick, both Wayne County Middle School eighth graders representing the host team, brought three fish to the scales that weighed in at 6 lbs. 4 oz. to win the inaugural event.
WCHS students Aaron Lockridge and Zack Bybee also of the Wayne County club finished second with one fish weighing 2 lbs. 3 oz. and Ricky Harris and Tate Clements from neighboring Rockcastle County
The young duo were pretty tight lipped about how they caught their fish in anticipation that next spring's KHSAA High School Regional might very well be on this same lake! When asked what caught their
fish on the pair just smiled and said "that's a secret for right now".
The anglers were all treated to a cookout at Friday night's registration/rules meeting hosted by the Wayne County Extension office and several local sponsors. There were also several door prizes given to all anglers who participated in the event along with a gift card drawing for participating volunteer boat captains.
"We are very pleased with the turnout for this event" stated Wayne County club advisor Ricky Kempton. "This program is only going to grow from here and we are happy to be a part of whole movement to get
students across the state involved in the great sport of fishing."
The event brought a nice crowd to Conley Bottom Marina who served as host for the event. The High School anglers also participated in the annual Lake Cumberland cleanup while they were fishing. Any team who brought a bag of garbage collected from the lake or shorelines to the scales were rewarded with a prize from tournament directors.
Any students from Wayne County or Monticello High Schools interested in joining the Wayne county program can contact Ricky Kempton club
advisor at: firstname.lastname@example.org.