Saturday, Nov. 9, marked the midway point of the 2019-2020 fishing season for the Livingston Academy Anglers.
A total of 88 boats comprised of 28 junior and 33 high school teams arrived at Cookeville Boat Dock on Center Hill Lake for a 7 a.m. blast off.
The morning started off cold and foggy but turned into a nice afternoon by the time the scales opened for juniors at 2 p.m. Three of the seven LA Angler junior teams on the water brought in fish, with Marcus Smith and Elijah Scott taking 1st place and the prize for “Big Fish” for their one catch weighing in at 5.06 lbs.
Placing 5th was Parker Bilbrey and Josiah Zachary with one fish at a weight of 1.33 lbs., and in the 7th slot was Leah Cross and Elyza Strong with one fish weighing 1.05 lbs.
Scales for the high school teams opened at 3 p.m. with five of the 11 LA teams coming into the scales. Placing 7th overall was Hayden Beasley and Mason Beasley with two fish for a total weight of 3.97 lbs. Following right behind in the 8th slot was Katie Nelson and Wyatt Montooth also with two fish for a total weight of 3.5 lbs.
Elijah Gibbons and Chase Johnson brought in three fish for a combined weight of 2.8 lbs. securing 14th place, while Zac Raines and Brady Huddleston came in 21st place with one fish at 1.4 lbs. Rounding out the high school teams in 22nd place was Bryson Carwile and Andrew Riggins also with one fish weighing in at 1.3 lbs.
In addition to fishing the North Central Region tournament trail, anglers have the opportunity to fish tournaments across the State along the Tennessee Bass Nation High School Trail. On November 16, the LA Anglers had four teams participating in the third of six Tennessee Bass Nation events on Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, TN.
In a tough field of 201 high school and 51 junior teams competing, LA had two teams bring in fish. In the high school division, Tucker Pendergrass and Lucas Roberts came in with two, for a combined weight of 6.98 lbs. putting them in 36th place. In 89th place, was Carson Walker and Jake Collins with one fish at 1.36 lbs.
LA Anglers will be back on the water twice in April to finish up their season. For a current list of both the high school and junior team’s point standings, visit the North Central Tennessee Region BASS Nation High School Division Facebook page.