High School Bass Fishing has been a KHSAA sanctioned sport for the past few years. Starting primarily with teams from Western Kentucky with access to Kentucky Lake, it has been rapidly expanding to four regions, with the smallest region consisting of 26 schools. This is Brossart’s first year, and this past Saturday’s Regional Tournament at Cumberland Lake was our second competitive event. Doug Lackey and Andy Smith are the forces behind the organization of our fishing team. The report below was submitted by Andy Schabell, who was “captain” on one of our boats. All three caught fish, but we failed to qualify for the State Tournament. Other area schools with a Bass Fishing Team are CovCath, Simon Kenton, Walton-Verona, Grant County, and Notre Dame – Yes, there is a distaff division.
Brossart’s bass team competed in the KHSAA Regional tournament this weekend at Lake Cumberland. The team arrived Thursday night and spent Friday figuring out what baits worked best and where they wanted to fish for the tournament on Saturday. Friday was very productive and the teams were all excited for the tournament. After a 5:45am wake up call the team was at the lake by 6:45 where we were met with extremely heavy fog that caused a two and a half hour delay. Once the fog lifted, the Brossart team joined 146 other high school fishing teams heading out on Lake Cumberland for a chance at advancing to the State Finals in May. Unfortunately, fishing conditions were much tougher on Saturday than they were the day prior, but all of our teams managed to catch keeper bass that got them on the podium for weigh in. Coming in first out of the Brossart teams was Lincoln Schabell and Carter Vogel weighing just one smallmouth, but he was a dandy at 3.3lbs. Next was Reed Golden and Mitchell Harden weighing 2 fish for 2.13lbs and then Carson Schultz and John Prather weighing 1 fish at 1.14lbs. Everyone had a good time, and they are looking forward to more tournaments in the future. The boats were captained by Doug Lackey (’95), Brian Golden (’92) and Andy Schabell (’96) with help launching and retrieving the boats from Barry Prather.