The Battle of Chickamauga, in just its second year, has become one of the most prestigious high school tournaments in the country. Sanctioned by BASS High School fishing, student anglers come from all over the country to fish the event hosted by the City of Dayton. GCHS Bass Team members Kyle Ingleburger and Kyle Palmer, also known as Team Kyle, brought the this year’s title home to the Grundy County team with a sack of five largemouth weighing 29.57 pounds.
“We went to our first spot and there were 13 boats in the same area. We went to our second spot and it was also full of other boats and we went to our third spot and it was full too. Even though we were disappointed at the time, this was nothing but God telling us to keep on going to where we won the tournament! We weighed in 29.57 lbs. and that is by far the biggest bag I’ve ever weighed in my life. All glory goes to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Oh and by the way, our big fish weighed 7.77 pounds, which is the good Lord’s number! That is a confirmation from God telling us that he blessed us dearly! Thank you Jesus,” said Kyle Ingleburger.
When asked on stage about his day Kyle Palmer also focused on his blessings.
“Clayton Jennings came to my hometown in January and I actually got saved. The Holy Spirit moved in my life and I’ve just been doing everything for God ever since then,” said Palmer.
After a long fog delay in the morning, Team Kyle had trouble going to the spots they had located in practice due to plenty of competition on the water from the high school tournament and other adult tournaments Saturday. But, when they found the winning spot it produced big fish.
“Honestly, we didn’t catch our first fish until after the halftime break. We to our first three pockets and there were too many boats so we decided to go where in practice we caught a big fish. We caught the first big one about 10 minutes after the halftime break. Other boats came in throwing other baits and they’d catch one and leave. It was slow. We would actually drift away go somewhere and come back an hour later and we’d catch a big one. After we put our fourth fish in the boat and it gave us two five pounders almost back to back I said boys we need to stay right here all day,” said boat captain Freddy Palmer.
The win qualified Team Kyle to fish the 2016 BASS High School National Championship in August. The two juniors from Frankly County High School have qualified for the BASS Nationals for the third year in a row. With the win, they received $500 each in scholarship money from Bass Pro Shops along with Bass Pro Shops gift cards and prize money from the tournament. Kyle and Kyle also now have a scholarship offer on the table from Bryan College for $5000 each.
“I’m the most fortunate coach in high school fishing. I have great kids, great parents, great boat captains on this team. We have tremendous support from the communities we represent and from our sponsors. It’s an honor to be associated with this group. I also appreciate Kyle and Kyle letting me hold on to the Battle of Chickamauga championship belt,” said GCHS Bass Team Coach David Lowrie.
The GCHS Bass Team is made up of members from Grundy County High School, Franklin County High School, Sequatchie County High School, Coffee County High School, Huntland High School and Pelham Elementary. The team is in its fifth year of existence and has been very successful on the local, state and national levels.
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