AURORA – First, it was the weather that moved in on the scene of the Kentucky SAF High School State Bass Fishing Championship.
When the rain and rumbling faded, the duo of Ian Heskett and Chaz Lucas took the tournament by storm.
The Murray High fishermen netted a 21-pound catch to take first place in the tourney, out of Kenlake Marina.
“We fished deep most of the day using a football head jig and crank baits,” Heskett said.
He caught the team’s biggest fish, a 5-pounder.
“When I caught that big one, we kind of went crazy for a few minutes,” Heskett said. “But then we calmed down and got back to work.”
Hunter Smith and Anthony Wilkerson of Nelson County were second with a 17-pound, 15-ounce catch.
Nate Jones and Michaela Edwards had the best showing for Marshall County, finishing ninth with an 11-pound, 7-ounce effort.
The event drew 49 boats, each with a pair of fishing contestants and an adult boat captain.
Sixteen teams caught a limit of fish.
Tyler Stull and Stephen Compton of Meade County were third with a 16-7 catch.
Jacob Downs and Chase Downs gave Nelson County two of the top five with a fourth-place effort of 15-11.
Calloway County’s Bracken Robertson and Dillon Starks (13-2) rounded out the top five.
Sixth through 10th were Zachary Duncan and Cole Strack, Lyon County; Ethan Boone and Tom Watson, Nelson County; Austin Moore and Zack Sowders, Warren East; Jones and Edwards of Marshall County; and Cade Waldrop and Lucas Byrd of Barren County.
Marshall’s Logan Thomas and Chase Greer, who were instrumental in establishing the Marshall County Bass Fishing Club, finished just outside the top 10 in 11th place.