The Tracker Boating Center in Winchester and the GCHS Bass Team played hosts to the High School Challenge Saturday on Tims Ford Lake. Eighteen boats from three high schools took to the water to see who could bring in the heaviest sack of five bass. Grundy County’s Sam Lockhart and Jacob Scruggs notched their first ever tourney win with four fish for 10.26 pounds and brought home the tourney title to Grundy County High School.
Lockhart and Scruggs fished for the first time with boat captain and experienced tourney fisherman Sam Morgan. Morgan taught the two new techniques they had never used before. Those techniques helped them catch fish all day and notch the win.
“They had a blast today and did a good job,” said Morgan
Teams from Grundy County, Warren County and DeKalb County competed in the event. While most boats reported catching several fish keepers were at a premium and no team was able to catch a five fish limit.
Grundy’s teams took the top four spots in the tourney and big fish in the event. Kyle Palmer and Kyle Ingleburger, fishing for Grundy via Franklin County, took second place with four fish for 9.00. Hank Lowrie and Dakota Cantrell took third with three fish for 8.57. Dakota Travis and Zackary Hiett finished fourth with four fish weighing 8.39. Eldon Posey had big fish weighing 4.04 pounds.
Lockhart and Scruggs won rod and reel combos worth around $200 each. The second place team of Ingleburger and Palmer won tackle bags worth $80 each. Third place of Lowrie and Cantrell and fourth place of Travis and Hiett all received $50 Bass Pro Shops gift cards each. Posey notched a $100 rod and reel combo for his big fish. Six other anglers received $50 Bass Pro cards in draw prizes while two more received $80 tackle bags.
All prizes for the tournament were provided by Tracker Boating Center.
Plaques were awarded to the top four place teams as well as for the big fish and for the first place team’s school. Mike’s Pharmacy in Tracy City sponsored the plaques.
The GCHS Bass Team will fish several more events this spring hosted by other schools. Plans are being discussed for a tournament with the newly forming teams at Marion County, South Pittsburg and Whitwell.
High school fishing will have two avenues to pursue their dreams as of this year as the B.A.S.S. organization has begun a national high school trail. The GCHS Bass team will be joining this organization. More information on the trail can be found at www.bassmaster.com/high-school.
Grundy will also fish the FLW version of high school fishing for the Tennessee High School state championship. That event will be held on Chickamauga May 31 out of the City of Dayton ramp. More information on that trail can be found at www.highschoolfishing.org.
The GCHS Bass Team thanks everyone in the community for their continued support of the team.