By David Green
GILBERTSVILLE – The Marshall County High School Fall Open bass tournament ended early for Logan Thomas when the engine on his boat began malfunctioning on Kentucky Lake.
But Thomas was elated with the way things went overall on Saturday at Kentucky Lake. The Marshall County High School junior is president of the newly formed MCHS Bass Club and the first tournament to be presented by the club was a rousing success.
“I just couldn’t be happier,” Thomas said. “The way everything’s come together, the way we’ve put everything together – it’s an amazing experience.”
Jessie Vaught and Tyler Schanbacher of Calloway County High School caught five fish weighing 11 pounds, 2 ounces to take first place in the tournament.
Thirty-six boats took to the water from Kentucky Dam Marina on a cold, foggy morning. Students from eight area high schools participated in the event.
Marshall County fishermen swept the second- through fourth-place positions.
Evan Owen and Cameron Lynn were second with four fish totaling 9 pounds, 10 ounces, while Aidan Cox and James Gibbs were third with a catch of 9 pounds, 11 ounces. Tycen Henry and Garrett Cross were fourth with three fish weighing in at 6 pounds, 3 ounces.
Fifth place went to John Guetersloh of Murphysboro (Ill.) High School. His single-fish catch was good for 4 pounds, 14 ounces and also earned the Big Bass Award for the largest fish.
Prizes included two rods and two reels, donated by Fisherman’s Headquarters, for first place; two rods, donated by Kentucky Lake Outdoors, for second place; a spinner rod and reel, donated by Bass & Gas and Sportsman’s Bait & Tackle, for third place; and a cranking rod, donated by Bass & Gas, for the Big Bass award.
Besides Marshall, Calloway and Murphysboro, participating schools included Murray, Muhlenberg County and Trigg County, Ky.; Obion Central High School, Troy, Tenn.; and Anna-Jonesboro High School, Anna, Ill.
Entry fee for all teams was a non-perishable food item to be donated to Marcella’s Kitchen in Draffenville.
Thomas said another tournament is planned for spring. Long-range plans are to have bass fishing move up from a club activity to a varsity sport at MCHS.
“Just a month ago, we signed everybody up,” Thomas said. “Now we’ve got our first tournament hosted, and hopefully next year we’ll have it as a sport.”
Boat captains included Justin Graben and Cody Santel of the Murray State University bass fishing team.
Other volunteer boat captains from the community included Larry Anderson, Shane Greer, Allen Grey (captain for 2nd place team), Dan Grimms (Kentucky Lake Outdoors), Chris Handrick;
Dennis Lovett, Tommy Lynn, Clay McElya, John Parks (Fisherman’s Headquarters, captain for 3rd place team), Gary Pinrod;
Matt Quinn (Bass & Gas), Phil Stoll, Ronnie Storm, Jerry Wade;
Debbie Warner (Fisherman’s Headquarters) and Gary Wiggins.
Other sponsors for the event included:ऀ
Ken’s TBC – weigh-in bags for top three places.
Subway of Calvert City – 30 foot-long subs to feed student anglers.
Subway of Draffenville – gift certificates for four six-inch sandwiches.
Dominos Pizza – gift certificates for two large pizzas.
Inn by the Lake – cash donation to buy trophies.
Ken-Bar Inn – one night’s free lodging.
Love’s – gas card.
Five-Star – cups.