When the two Wisconsin teams (New Richmond High School and Mississippi Coulee Co-op) fell short of making the final day cut at the High School Championship, Cade Laufenberg and Pat Ehlenfeldt (coaches) pointed their trailers toward New Johnsonville, Tenn., to get after some big Kentucky Lake bass one last time before making the 10- and 13-hour drives respectively back to La Crosse and New Richmond, Wis.
In just three hours, all of the anglers managed to whack some impressive Kentucky Lake bass, with several in the 4-pound range, a 5-pounder, and a 6 1/2. The teams stayed close to each other and chatted about the phenomenal fishing the entire time.
Hundreds of miles from home, we find ourselves making new friendships that will last a lifetime, and we thank B.A.S.S. for giving us that opportunity. The boys and their coaches won't ever forget this blessed day and the wonderful week they had. Thank you, B.A.S.S.!
Just found the Susquehanna Valley team who was in second place to start the day. Garrett Enders and Nick Osman have four in the boat for around 5 pounds. Even with a 30-minute penalty to start the morning, these Pennsylvania anglers have made quick work.
After no fish to start the day on their first spot, the leaders picked up and took off to another spot. The fifth-place team of Noah Pescitelli and Thomas Zaczek are still there.
We are with the Pell City team of Zeke Gossett and Hayden Bartee. They have two so far: a 2 1/2 and a 1 1/2. They are running a shallow pattern in a cove where they lost two 4-pounders late yesterday.
Mill Creek High's Noah Pescitelli and Thomas Zaczek find themselves the focus of an ESPN cameraman.
The teams of Tyler Dunn-Matthew Shrewsbury and Noah Pescitelli-Thomas Zaczek are sharing the first spot of the day. If I'm not mistaken, this spot was where the 5-pound, 15-ounce big fish was caught yesterday as well as the leaders' total weight. It'll be interesting how these young anglers respond to fishing so close to one another. Who will rise up, who will struggle or if it will affect both of them. Not to mention, they both have camera boats on them as well.
Ryan Wood and Adam Deakin of the Front Range Bass Club trying to get it done on Day 3.
A local cupcake artist put these fancy cupcakes together for the anglers and visitors.
I just left the lake and it seems tough for almost every team today. The Louisiana team of Kody Kelly and Dillon King have a limit, may be the only one thus far. I spoke to probably 20 of the 30 teams and none of them had 5 fish. Small fish are burdening the field. One decent bite could propel a team high up the standings.