Livingston Academy teams compete in Bassmaster national championship

Two LA teams fish in Bassmaster Nats

Two Livingston Academy Angler teams traveled to Paris Landing, TN, on Kentucky Lake, Sunday, July 29 to participate in the 2017-18 Bassmaster High School Nationals.

In all, 252 schools from the United States, Canada, and Africa were represented, with a total of 337 High School boats on the water.

The Livingston Academy teams of Brady Huddleston and Bailey Talent as well as Andrew Riggins and Hayden Beasley started their week pre-fishing after arriving Sunday, July 29.

The teams had four days to pre-fish the massive lake to find the spots they would want to revisit as well as the equipment they would need to fill their livewells. During their days of pre-fishing, the teams had very pleasant weather to fish with party cloudy skies and 77 to 80 degrees.

As Thursday arrived with the first day of the two-day qualifier rounds, the heat increased dramatically on the anglers, reaching almost 90 degrees, which in turn changed fishing patterns and caused the teams to face 8 hours out in the scorching heat to find fish.

Team Huddleston/Talent launched as number 156 out of the 337 field with a 2:45 p.m. check-in time, as team Beasley/Riggins launched as number 278 with a 3:30 p.m. check-in time.

Team Beasley/Riggins brought in one fish weighing 2.08 lbs, with Huddleston/ Talent zeroing for day one of qualifying rounds.

LA’s last chance to qualify for Saturday’s championship round was on Friday, Aug. 3. Teams again faced the increase in heat with blue bird skies for their 8 hours on the water.

Team Beasley/Riggins would lauch as number 60 out of the 337 field with a 2 p.m. check-in time, as team Huddleston/Talent would launch as number 182 with a 3 p.m. check-in time.

Friday’s qualifying round ended both LA teams’ journeys to the Bassmaster High School Championship, as neither were able to bring in fish to weigh.

Only 12 teams out of the full field of 337 advanced into Saturday’s Championship round on August 4. The Nationals brought an end to the 2017-18 season for the LA Anglers….Full Story