The Scott County High School duo of Isaac Tackett of Jenkins, Kentucky, and Chase Clark of Georgetown, Kentucky, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 9 pounds, 15 ounces to win the 2017 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Kentucky Open tournament on Lake Cumberland. The win advanced the team to the 2018 High School Fishing National championship, held June 26-30, on a fishery yet to be revealed.
According to post-tournament reports, the Scott County team caught their fish using a green-pumpkin-colored jig and a silver spoon, fishing on the main lake.
A field of 186 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from General Burnside Island State Park in Burnside. In FLW/TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.
The top 18 teams on Lake Cumberland that advanced to the 2018 High School Fishing National Championship:
1st: Scott County High School, Georgetown, Ky. – Isaac Tackett, Jenkins, Ky., and Chase Clark, Georgetown, Ky., five bass, 9-15
2nd: East Jessamine High School, Nicholasville, Ky. – Nathan Marshall and Braxton Lamb, both of Nicholasville, Ky., five bass, 9-12
3rd: North Laurel High School, London, Ky. – Ethan Hays and Braden Mills, both of London, Ky., five bass, 9-2
4th: George Rogers Clark High School, Winchester, Ky. – Avery Brown and Hunter Redman, both of Winchester, Ky., three bass, 8-3
5th: Madison Southern High School, Berea, Ky. – Cameron Cochran, Mt. Vernon, Ky., and Blake Harold, Berea, Ky., four bass, 7-10
6th: Lake Cumberland High School Bass Club – Austin Plants and Tyler Warner, both of Somerset, Ky., three bass, 6-10
7th: Lincoln County High School, Stanford, Ky. – Mason Moore, Waynesburg, Ky., three bass, 6-10
8th: East Jessamine High School, Nicholasville, Ky. – Levi Keith and Casey Shearer, both of Nicholasville, Ky., four bass, 6-9
9th: West Jessamine High School, Nicholasville, Ky. – Aaron Woolums, Wilmore, Ky., and Luke Lamb, Nicholasville, Ky., four bass, 6-9
10th: Madison Southern High School, Berea, Ky. – Peyton Worley, Vera, Ky., and Brendon Devasher, Berea, Ky., five bass, 6-6
11th: Gilmer High School, Ellijay, Ga. – Caleb Waddell and Grant Ledford, both of Ellijay, Ga., five bass, 6-6
12th: East Jessamine High School, Nicholasville, Ky. – Ridge Rutledge and Tyler Fuller, both of Nicholasville, Ky., four bass, 5-14
13th: Southwestern High School, Somerset, Ky. – Chanler Brake, Nancy, Ky., and James Duncan, Somerset, Ky., three bass, 5-14
14th: South Laurel High School, London, Ky. – Jackson Douglas and Hunter Jones, both of London, Ky., three bass, 5-11
15th: Scott County High School, Georgetown, Ky. – Tyler Sammons and Cainaan Halsey, both of Georgetown, Ky., two bass, 5-7
16th: Wayne County High School, Monticello, Ky. – McKinley Phillips and Austin Bell. Both of Monticello, Ky., five bass, 5-6
17th: Barron County High School, Glasgow, Ky. – Bryson Slayton and Peyton Eaton. Both of Glasgow, Ky., two bass, 5-5
18th: McCracken County High School, Paducah, Ky. – Ethan Hayes and James Harper Burkeen, both of Paducah, Ky., two bass, 5-0
Complete results from the event and photos of the top five teams can be found at FLWFishing.com.
The 2017 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Kentucky Open was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12, open to any Student Angler Federation (SAF) affiliated high school club in the United States. The top 10 percent of each Challenge, Open, and state championship field will advance to the High School Fishing National Championship. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.
In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest high school bass tournament, the 2018 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. At the 2017 World Finals more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.