Seymour High anglers fishing in Bassmaster national championship

Fishing for $120,000

Seymour High School team competes this week in Kentucky

A pair of Seymour High School students will be fishing for $120,000 in scholarship money this weekend at Kentucky Lake.

Brock Pearce, a junior, and Kyran Hepko, a freshman, qualified earlier this summer for the B.A.S.S. national tournament that begins today (Wednesday) and continues through Sunday on the public lake located near the Tennessee border.

Hundreds of high-school anglers from throughout the U.S. will compete.

Hepko and Pearce are members of the bass-fishing team at the local high school.

They left for Kentucky early Sunday morning and hopefully won’t return until early next week.

“We’ll fish on Aug. 8 and Aug. 9 (Thursday and Friday), then if we qualify for the final round, we’ll fish on Aug. 10,”

Pearce explained. The winning team receives $120,000 in college-scholarship money, to be split between the two team members.

Accompanying the duo to Kentucky Lake is Scott Hepko, Kyran’s dad and the team’s offi cial “boat captain.”

Hepko and Pearce qualified for the B.A.S.S. event by placing 35th in a field of 381 teams at the National Youth Fishing Association (NYFA) National Championships in late June at Pickwick Lake in Alabama.

At that tourney, the team had a three-day total of just under 11 pounds, as they missed fishing on the fourth and final day by just 2 ounces.

It was the second time the duo qualified for the national tourney at Pickwick Lake….Full Story