The Marshall County High School team of Tristan Barrett and Evan Bremmerkamp brought a two-day cumulative total of eight bass weighing 27 pounds, 11 ounces to the scale, beating out 67 other teams to win the 2018 Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) State Bass Fishing Championship on Kentucky Lake.
The win earned the team medals, a trophy to display in their school and the title of KHSAA state champions.
The top 10 high school teams on Kentucky Lake were:
- 1st: Marshall County High School – Tristan Barrett and Evan Bremmerkamp, eight bass, 27-11
- 2nd: Madison Southern High School – Blake Harold and Cameron Cochran, six bass, 21-7
- 3rd: Calloway County High School – Dylan Bell and Jacob Hudgin, seven bass, 20-1
- 4th: McCracken County High School – Tyler Lillevig and Hunter Valerius, seven bass, 20-1
- 5th: Muhlenberg County High School – Carson Recke and Jackson Kulijof, six bass, 17-11
- 6th: Ohio County High School – Dalton Wilson and Brennan Peters, six bass, 17-8
- 7th: LaRue County High School – Wyatt Pearman and Evan Morris, six bass, 16-13
- 8th: Trigg County High School – Andrew Greene and Anthony Ethridge, seven bass, 16-11
- 9th: Bourbon County High School – Conner Johnson and Cameron Brady, six bass, 16-3
- 10th: Boyle County High School – Sam Clark and Hannah Wesley, six bass, 16-2
A 5-pound, 3-ounce bass earned the KHSAA Big Bass honors on each day of competition.
On Day One, Madison Southern High School angler Cameron Cochran caught a 5-3 to claim the big bass of the day, while Bourbon County angler Cameron Brady weighed a 5-3 on Day Two to earn the honors.
The 2018 KHSAA Fishing Championship was a two-person team event for students in grades 9-12.
2018 marked the sixth year of the championship event, which featured a field of 68 teams that qualified from four regional competitions in April.
The event was supported by the Benton, Kentucky-based Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization.
All High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest high school bass tournament, the 2018 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the High School Fishing National Championship on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama, June 26-29.
At the 2017 World Finals more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2018 across five tournament circuits.
Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct 286 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa and Spain.
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(This story was originally published May 15, 2018)