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Lake Maumelle fishing tournament

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The first tournament of the season was a success for the Cardinals.  Arkansas High School Basser’s tournament trail opened up with 78 teams at Lake Maumelle.  Referred to as the Dead Sea, Lake Maumelle is known to be a tough lake and the conditions this past Saturday with a high pressure, blue bird sky day only exaggerated the struggle.   Despite the conditions The Cardinals thrived with three of the teams making the cut for the money by placing in the top nine places.

Kanon Harmon, a Sophomore, and partner Brody Jacks of Bauxite placed 4th with a five bass limit totaling to a weight of 7.53 lbs.  Harmon shared, “We caught around 15 keepers on a mouse color spinnerbait, I was using the 13 fishing concept A reel.  We were catching them around little secondary grass points with wind being blown on them.”

Bryar Hailsip, a Senior, and Bryson Kindy of Benton placed 5th with a limit totaling 7.05 lbs. Hailsip commented, “During last Saturday’s tournament nothing came easy. There weren’t really any patterns to what we were doing or how we were catching fish. We realized it was going to be tough early so Bryson Kindy and myself picked up our go to rods. We both had Carolina rig’s tied on our 13 fishing omen rods. From then on out we put the trolling motor down and fished.”

Joseph Gatti, a Senior, and Carson Humprey, a sophomore placed 8th with a limit totaling 6.81 lbs. Gatti and Humprey used a 13 fishing concept C reel to catch a total of 12 fish on the day.  Their main bait of choice for the day included peanut butter colored jigs and a white spinnerbait.

Bryston Holt, a 8th grader, and Hayden Foster, a 9th grader, placed 27th with three fish for 4.14 lbs.  These two young men had a good day for their first school tournament.  They struggled to catch fish within the slot of 12 inches or longer but pulled through by finishing the day with 3 keepers.

Sam Mills and Chase Chilton, both Freshmen, weighted a total of three fish for 3.71 lbs. This duo was awarded team of the year for 2016-2017 season. They commented that they caught a lot of fish but just not the right size.  These two are dangerous and are bound to get back in the top of the mix.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors and people of the community that have supported the team.  Also like to thank all of the boat captains that volunteered their time, support, and resources.   Go Cards!

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