Lake County anglers competing in high school nationals

Lake County fishermen competing in national finals

PARIS, Tenn. >> It was a tough day on the water for the 250 two-man teams, including Lake County’s Cooper Goff and Sheldon Reese, competing in the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series National Championship at Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tennessee.

While five-fish limits were the exception rather than the rule on Thursday, the team of Wes Rollo and Hunter Owens of Natchitoches Central High School in Natchitoches, Louisiana, grabbed the first-round lead with a five-fish limit of 19 pounds, 11 ounces. Most of the teams weighing in on Thursday brought only one or two fish to the weigh scale.

The Goff-Reese team weighed in only one fish, a 4-pound, 15-ounce bass caught by Goff. That was good enough to put them in 124th place, an indications of just how tough the fishing conditions were on Thursday.

Goff-Reese qualified for the national championship by winning the Bassmaster Western Open in late May on Clear Lake. They’ll be back out on the water Friday as the national championship continues. The tournament runs through Saturday.

Goff attends Kelseyville High School while Reese attends Clear Lake High School.,,,Read More