Hawks News · LCHS well represented at KHSAA State Bass Fishing Tourney


In only the first season for the LaRue County Hawks Bass Fishing Club two group will be represented at the KHSAA State Bass Fishing Tournament May 11 and 12 on Kentucky Lake at the Kentucky Dam Village.

Evan Morris and Wyatt Pearman qualified 23rd out of 175 boats last week at the Region Tournament at Lake Cumberland, while Austin Burgess and Jack Gustafson qualified by finishing 26th.  The State Tournament takes the top 29 out of the 175 boats entered in the region tournament.

The first event of the tournament is the pre-tournament meeting on Thursday night, when the lake is shut down for further practice.  Then, the next two days are competition with eight hours of fishing and a weigh-in each day, culminating in the final weigh-in after the second day.  Each two man team can weigh in 5 fish per day and the weighs are cumulative over the two days of fishing.

According to Head Coach Brandon Boone “The KHSAA State Championship on Kentucky Lake will be a tough tournament.  It’s a huge lake and can be intimidating to those without experience.  It can also be dangerous if the weather conditions are just right, or if a boater doesn’t pay attention to channel markers.  The state tournament functions just like any other tournament, except its two days of competition instead of one.  Also, everyone who is represented at the state level had to qualify to be there, so the competition is ramped up a notch.”

Needless to say, Boone is excited for his four anglers in the programs first season, and admits the season has gone well, and progress is being made.  “Things have gone fairly smooth for the first season.  It was a learning experience for myself, the students, and the parents.  Hopefully with a season under our belts, next year will be even better.  We continue to need volunteers to be boat captains for our tournaments and sponsors to help with entry fee and fuel costs in exchange for advertising on our jerseys.”

JACK GUSTAFSON – has only competed in two tournaments so far, but had a great day last week at Lake Cumberland in order to qualify for state.   Gustafson says, “I was very excited. There were so many people who participated that we didn’t expect to have a chance. This season has just started for my fishing partner and me. I fish any chance I get so I have enjoyed it very much. I am looking forward to the rest of the season and any other tournaments we can attend.”

Gustafson continues, “My favorite tournament experience so far has been during the last tournament when I was reeling in a large bass. My partner grabbed the net and just as the fish flung the hook he was ready with the net. Austin Burgess and I fish together year round and just go out there to have fun and catch big fish.

AUSTIN BURGESS – “I have been involved in competitor bass fishing for only one year.  The first season of LC bass fishing has been amazing, because out of the two tournaments that I have fished my partner and I have placed one time 43th out of 250 and the second tournament 26th out of 175.”

My most memorable experience so far was “our very first tournament, Kentucky state tournament last month.  It was so crazy! Boats were everywhere, and we had no idea on where we were going go first because we had never fished the lake. We didn’t know what the fish were biting on, so we just looked for spots the looked good, we started to catch  our fish when we pulled up on a rock wall with trees and started flipping jigs into the trees , within our first five minutes in the new spot my partner had caught the first keeper. We had flipped those threes all day till we had to go back the ramp to weigh in. We were nervous but confident because a lot of people said they didn’t catch anything.”

EVAN MORRIS – “I am very excited that with our season just starting that we have had 2 teams already qualify for state. Our first tournament my fishing partner (Wyatt Pearman) and I placed 43rd out of 243 and our 2nd we placed 26th out of 174 qualifying us for state.  The first season of our bass fishing club has been amazing. We have fished 2 tournaments for the school and have won one and qualified for state in the other.

Morris continues by saying, “It means a lot to be the first group of people to qualify for state because it gets our name out there and also represents the school very good. Also knowing that this is our first year fishing for the school we have lots of time to get better and hopefully we can do more than qualify for state in the next few years.”

WYATT PEARMAN – “Fishing a tournament is a feeling of no other. Working hard on the lake then seeing the end results is such a great deal of satisfaction. When you bring your 5 best bass up to the scales and hear ‘we have a new leader’ is a feeling you will constantly want to encounter every tournament you fish. Just knowing you out fished everyone else and tricked those bass into biting is a feeling that never gets old.”

Pearman continues by saying, “What it means to be the first LCHS bass fishing team to qualify for the state tournament is very humbling. I’ve worked hard to achieve my goals and this was for sure a great one to accomplish. I’m very humbled to know we were the first and motivated to try and qualify the next two years of my high school career.”

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