Mt. Vernon High angler qualify for national championship

Champion Mt. Vernon fishing team heading to national tourney

HANCOCK COUNTY — After proving they’re the reel deal with a fruitful fishing season and statewide distinctions, two young Hancock County anglers hope to tackle success at an upcoming national tournament.

Casey Cornelius and Devan Skaggs of the Mt. Vernon High School Bass Team were the state champions at the Indiana Bass National High School State Finals last month. The points they earned there contributed to a season-long score that made them the Anglers of the Year for their division. When they head to the Bass Nation National Championship on Kentucky Lake next month, they’ll be representing a state where competitive youth fishing is surging in popularity.

Devan, 19, a recent Mt. Vernon High School grad; and Casey, a rising senior, went up against 50 other teams on Raccoon Lake west of Indianapolis in the recent state tournament. Despite losing power in their trolling motor for about an hour and having to rely on the wind blowing at just the right speed, they came out on top after reeling in the majority of their catch near a bush off a roadbed along the lake….Full Story and Photos