Washington County High anglers fish in regional

High school anglers go to regional

The Washington County High School Bass Fishing team wrapped up its season fishing at the KHSAA regional tournament at Lake Cumberland.
The Commanders’ region encompasses a swath of the state that stretches from Louisville to the Tennessee border. More than 170 boats launched from Burnside Island, with only 29 spots available for state tournament qualification.

“It’s unbelievable taking off,” said fishing team coach Tim Messer when describing the sheer volume of boats present at the starting ramp. “The other regions probably have anywhere from 60 to 70 boats…Our first regional [six years ago] we had 45 boats.”
The larger field brought stiffer competition. Messer said his team traveled down one day before the competition to pre-fish the area and discovered that the conditions would be working against them as well.

“One, the water was up,” he said. “Two there was trash everywhere floating on the surface. Three, because we had people switching in and out of boats, they couldn’t travel as far.”

The final point was one Messer thought might have played the biggest factor. The team of 20 had only six volunteer captains that donated and piloted boats. Because only two anglers are allowed in a boat at a time, they would have to allow time to return to the dock to allow others onboard….Full Story