GILBERTSVILLE – They call it fishing, Logan Thomas pointed out. Not catching. Because, sometimes, you don’t catch very many fish.
Thomas had one of those days Saturday in FLW’s Walmart Bass Fishing League LBL Division tournament on Kentucky and Barkley lakes. The rising senior at Marshall County High School is participating as a co-angler in BFL events in the LBL and Music City divisions, and has hopes of qualifying for regional competition.
He did not help his chances Saturday, with one fish for a 3-pound, 7-ounce weight that left him in 92nd place among 135 participants.
“Today didn’t really go as planned,” Thomas said. “Out of the back of the boat, you’ve gotta go with the conditions that you have. We ran 66 miles one way and had to refuel. We ran all the way down there and the fish just weren’t doing what they had been in practice.
“I had one decent fish and I had a couple that got off on me. But that’s fishin’.”
Thomas also fished one tournament in the Central Division of the Everstart tour, and he will be entered in the June 30 Music City Division tournament at Old Hickory Lake in Gallatin, Tenn.
His participation in FLW tour events has Thomas’ status in question when bass fishing becomes an official sanctioned sport in Kentucky next year. Thomas helped form the Marshall County High School bass fishing club and club members and sponsors have worked with FLW officials to add the sport to the KHSAA’s list of sports and activities.
But it still isn’t clear how the KHSAA will regard semi-professional fishing experience for young anglers.
“They’re still hashing over the rules,” Thomas said. “If they say I can’t fish tournaments outside of high school, then I’m not fishing high school. If I still can, I’m surely gonna fish high school, too.”
Thomas plans to fish full-time on the LBL and Music City BFL tours and the Central Division of the Everstart tour.
Thomas also plans to participate next month in the High School World Finals, on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Ark., for the second year in a row. That tournament is sanctioned by The Bass Federation.
“We’re headed out the 14th of July and we’re gonna fish from the 15 to the 21st,” Thomas said. “Hopefully we can bring this one home.”
Next up, though, is the Music City Division tourney.
“I don’t know how that one’s gonna go,” he admitted. “I’ve never been [to Old Hickory Lake], but we’re gonna go down a few days early.
“I’m gonna fish around and see what I can figure out try to get a few game plans going into the tournament and see if I can’t do a little better and keep my points up.”
Given his struggles Saturday on familiar waters, it would be nice if Thomas could enjoy a stroke of good fishing fortune when he fishes Old Hickory for the first time.
“I surely hope so,” he said. “I’m 31st in points and they take the top 40 [for regional competition].
“I’m really hoping I can get some beginner’s luck there and make sure I make the regional.”