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Illinois Team Maintains Day 2 Lead At Bassmaster High School Championship


PARIS, Tenn. — The team of Trevor McKinney and Dailus Richardson from Benton, Ill., took the top spot on Days 1 and 2 at the Bassmaster High School Championship presented by Carhartt on Kentucky Lake.

After weighing the Mud Hole Heavyweight bag on the first day of competition (20-14), they backed it up with a strong 16 pounds, 3 ounces today.

These Illinois anglers used standard baits for fishing ledge lakes, but their approach was different from the norm. They targeted bridge pilings just outside of Paris Landing with 10-inch worms and jigs.

“Early in the morning was really slow compared to later in the afternoon,” Richardson said. “Usually after our halftime break things would pick up.”

The 15-minute halftime breaks are mandatory in high school events and many teams use that break to eat and make a game plan for what to do next. On Day 1, the halftime break was crucial to McKinney and Richardson’s big day and figuring out a good pattern.

“On Day 1 (during the break), we completely changed what we were doing,” Richardson said.

Day 2 needed less strategizing because they stayed around their bridge pilings all day and never left the area.

Even though they are ahead of the second-place team by more than 5 pounds, they can’t use weight that for tomorrow. The weights have reset, and now the final 30 boats are back at square one as they head to Carroll County Recreation Lake for Days 3 and 4 of competition.

The second place team of Connor Farrington and Cameron Sterritt from Exeter High School in New Hampshire went shallow and cashed in on the big bites close to the bank.

Farrington and Sterritt, like the leaders, caught their fish on a 10-inch worm and a jig.

“We started fishing shallow and got our limit, and then we went out to the points to try to get some big fish,” Sterritt said.

On the first day of competition Farrington and Sterritt fished their strengths, and it paid off as they boated two fish weighing more than 4 pounds.

“(Fish catches) were spread out,” Farrington said. “We never caught fish back to back. It was usually a good amount of time in between fish.”

Carroll County Recreational Lake provides some challenges for anglers as they will fish a completely different fishery than what they’ve been on the past two days. Fishing should still be just good as the size limit is only 12 inches at Carroll County compared to the 15-inch measurements at Kentucky.

Kentucky Lake showed its tough side as only 10 teams brought a five fish limit to the scales on Day 2, compared to 18 on the first day of competition.

Ryan Wood and Adam Deakin weighed in only four fish today, but their 11 pounds, 2 ounce bag was enough to keep them in the Top 3. Their two-day total weight was 31 pounds, 10 ounces.

The team of Jake Lee and Jacob Mashburn from Clinton, Tenn. brought 11 pounds to the scales, and they will launch in the fourth slot tomorrow.

A big jump of the day was from the team of Rashaad Goodson and Steven Younginer who went from 19th into the Top 5. The South Carolina team weighed in 16 pounds, 2 ounces.

The Carhartt Big Bass of the day  — a 7-2 — was caught by Brady McCoy and Jace Smith of Mississippi Coulee.

The local hosts for the event are Paris-Henry County, Carroll County, Northwest Tennessee Tourism and Bethel University.

2014 Bassmaster High School Presenting Sponsor: Carhartt

2014 Bassmaster High School Official Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha

2014 Bassmaster High School Sponsor: Mudhole

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