The fishing teams at Bullard High School and The Brooks Hill School were back in action recently, as the teams competed at the Texas High School Bass Association State Tournament, held Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, on the waters of Lake Ray Roberts.
A total of 229 teams from around the state of Texas launched their boats on Lake Ray Roberts for the State Tournament, ending their successful seasons by taking on the tough competition in the final event of the season for THSBA.
In total, the teams participating at the THSBA State Tournament reeled in a total of 849 fish weighing a total of 2,321.31 pounds, with each fish weighing 2.72 pounds on average. Approximately 98 percent of the tournament’s catch, or 833 fish, were released back into the lake after the tournament.
For the Bullard Panther Fishing Club, a total of nine fishers cast their lines at the State Tournament, qualifying for the event after several strong finishes this season.
Will Carlile was the leader of the pack for the Panther Fishing Club, fishing at the event solo and finishing in 85th place with a catch of four fish tipping the scales at 11.31 pounds.
The team of Callie Farr and McKenna Davis also were able to set their hooks right against the competition at the State Tournament, placing 156th with a catch of two fish weighing in at 4.79 pounds.
The Panther duo of Colton Hatcher and Landry Lasseter was able to reel in a 167th place finish with a catch of one fish weighing 3.93 pounds.
Chase Bussell and Zac Hastings finished strong for the Panther Fishing Club at the State Tournament, finishing tied 193rd place with a catch of two fish tipping the scales at 2.04 pounds.
The final team to compete for the Panther Fishing Club at the THSBA State Tournament was the duo of Reece Ricketts and Cody Neel, placing in a tie for 193rd place overall with a catch of one fish weighing in at 2.04 pounds.
The Brook Hill Guard Fishing Team was also represented at the THSBA State Tournament by the brotherly duo of Cole Findley and Dalton Findley. However, the Findley brothers were unable to reel in the big one at the event, finishing in 200th place with no catch.
Both the Panther and Guard fishing teams will begin the 2017-2018 THSBA East Division season by hosting the first event of the season Saturday, Sept. 23 on Lake Palestine.
Other 2017-2018 THSBA East Division season events include Lake ‘O The Pines (Saturday, Oct. 21), Lake Fork (Saturday, Nov. 18), Lake ‘O The Pines (Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018), Lake Palestine (Saturday, March 17, 2018 – hosted by Bullard), and Toledo Bend (Saturday, April 14, 2018).
The 2018 THSBA State Championship event will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, on the waters of Lake Sam Rayburn.