Crab Orchard High anglers win Bass Classic

Prep Bass Fishing | Crab Orchard team takes home Bass Classic win

CARTERVILLE — Neither heat, nor waves, nor a crowded field could stop the Crab Orchard High School team of Eli Killman and Ethan White.

Killman and White swept the awards at the 10th annual Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge High School Bass Classic. White earned big bass honors with a 5.74-pound monster, and they took the team title with 16.34 pounds.

Their total weight came as a surprise.

“We didn’t even think we had 16 pounds,” Killman said. “We thought we had 14 pounds. We ended up having 16 pounds, that’s pretty awesome. We thought it would be close. We thought we’d be top 10, we didn’t think we’d be No. 1.”

They caught three fish, including White’s lunker, early in the day. The duo said they were fishing lizards in about 15-feet of water when White tied into the big fish.

“As soon as I saw it come out of the water, I was excited,” he said. “I knew it was going to be a big one. I’ve caught bigger, this is still a pretty good fish though. “

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