A record sized crowd gathered for the SAF Kentucky High School State Championship Saturday at Burnside Island State Resort Park on Lake Cumberland. The top 10% of the 243 boat field qualified 24 teams to advance to the 2018 High School National Championship held in conjunction with the High School Fishing World Finals this summer on Pickwick Lake.
When all the fish were weighed, the Madison Southern Eagle team of Blake Harold & Cameron Cochran came out on top with a healthy limit that weighed 17.7 pounds. Second place belonged to the Rockets team of Jordan Nicely & Cameron Cornelius for their bag of 12.12 pounds.
Finishing in third was Luke Lamb & Carson Mitchell from Jessamine High School with 12.8 pounds. Clayton Rountree & Dillon Stallings from Spencer County Bass Club and Ragan Burton & Blake Stringer from Lake Cumberland High School tied for fourth with 12.6 pounds.
The biggest bass of the day went to the George Rogers Clark team of Robert & Allen Poe when they weighed in a 5.2 pound lunker.
The best producing lure of the day was definitely a spinnerbait, slow rolled just off of the bottom. Most anglers were fishing back in the bays in 3-6 feet of water. Other productive baits were crawfish colored crankbaits, flukes, Ned Rigs and A-Rigs.