The CHS Bass Team kicked off the spring part of the season on Lake Chickamauga out of Dayton, TN in the first ever Mega Tournament, which began on March 26. Four of the Collinwood High School and two of the Collinwood Junior High teams competed in the tournament. The Mega Tournament featured teams from all regions across Tennessee, making for a very competitive event. The high school teams fished Saturday the 26, and the Jr. High fished on Sunday, March 27.
The High School teams are made up of Xander Daniel, Harrison Rich, Fletcher Thompson, Bensen Blalock, Riley Petty, Cole Risner, and Tripp Robertson. The Jr. High Teams consist of Maddie Brown, Tate Linville, Patch Craig, and Bennett Rich.
The competitors in the tournament had to deal with wind, wind, and more wind on Lake Chickamauga. All of the teams fought hard to bring in fish in the 20+ mph gusts of wind on Saturday. Cole Risner and Tripp Robertson finished 80th out of 264 teams in Saturday’s high school tournament with a nice 4.09 lb largemouth. Cole landed the green back late in the day, which was the only fish weighed of the four high school teams that battled the high winds and lock-jawed fish from the recent cold front.
Xander Daniel and Harrison Rich are in the hunt and well on their way to qualify for the State Championship with 222 total points, placing them in a tie for 15th place. Cole Risner and Tripp Robertson have 147 total points, placing them in 70th place. Fletcher Thompson and Bensen Blalock have 132 total points, placing them in 90th place.
Collinwood’s two Jr. High teams remain in the top 20 headed into the last regular season tournament of the year in the West Region. Strong finishes could launch them up the leader board towards qualifying for the State Championship.
Maddie Brown and Tate Linville have accumulated 208 total points on the season, making them tied for 15th place. Patch Craig and Bennett Rich follow closely behind with 207 total points on the season, placing them in 17th place.
Anything can happen in bass fishing. A top 20 finish by any of our teams could launch them up the leaderboard towards qualifying for the State Championship. A first-place finish guarantees you a spot. Each teams’ points from their top three out of five finishes plus the Region Championship are calculated towards qualifying.
All the teams are well on their way to qualifying for the state championship this summer. You never know what can happen in bass fishing! The next tournament will be on Kentucky Lake on April 16 out of Perryville Marina in Decatur County, TN.