This high school fisherman landed a junior record bass during a fishing tournament.
High school fishing tournaments are catching on, and the Texas High School Bass Fishing Association is one of the nation's most active tournament organizers for young anglers. Like other sports, these teams meet regularly, practice under the instruction of coaches and compete.
On March 21, a tournament was underway at Lake Ray Roberts in Highland Park, Texas. Cooper Marchetto, a 16-year old tenth-grader and his fishing partner, Jack Fain were in a boat operated by an adult supervisor. The adults operate the boat for the students and are allowed to recommend areas to fish and lures to try. Marchetto and Fain wound up third with two fish that totaled 13.81 pounds. Marchetto's bass weighed 11.84 pounds which is a record for a THSBFA tournament and a junior record for Lake Ray Roberts.
Marchetto said he learned to fish from his father. "I don't remember much about what happened but it must have been fun because it got me hooked on the sport of fishing," Marchetto said. "My dad and I still fish together occasionally, and we also hunt together. I hope to continue in high school bass tournaments. I like tournament fishing because I get to compete with my friends and you never know what you might catch."
The biggest largemouth bass taken in Lake Ray Roberts this year weighed 15.18 pounds and was caught by Shannon Lee Elvington of Pilot Point. Lake Ray Roberts now has new bass records for adult and junior anglers.
This tournament was won by Aledo School District's Ross Moncrief and Wyatt Young with five bass totaling 17.21 pounds. Ethan Legare and Hank Harrison from Lucas finished second with a five-fish limit weighing 17.07 pounds.