Three Lincoln bass fishing teams headed to state

Published 1:11 pm Thursday, May 3, 2018

Lincoln County High School will be well represented at the state bass fishing tournament.

The Patriot team put three boats in the water at Green River Lake in the Region 3 Bass Fishing Tournament and all three caught enough weight in fish to earn a spot in the state tournament, which will be May 11-12 on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville.

The top 17 teams out of 63 boats advance to state.

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Lincoln’s Benton McKnight and Zach Spears came through with a Top 10 finish, placing ninth overall with the bag limit of five fish weighing 13.80 pounds. Their biggest bass weighed 5.30 pounds.

The team of Aaron Cook and Zane Rousey had the next best haul for Lincoln, reeling in three fish weighing 10.20 pounds to place 15th. Their top catch also weighed 5.30 pounds.

Rounding out the list of state-qualifying teams was Lincoln’s team of Mason Moore and Hunter Cornelius. The two caught five fish weighing 9.60 pounds to earn the 17th and final state-qualifying position. Their biggest bass was 3.90 pounds.

South Laurel finished 1-2 in the region tourney. The team of Ethan Baker and Brian Longworth caught five fish weighing 19.40 pounds to win the title and their teammates, Shawn Coots and Landon White, claimed the runner-up spot with a five-fish weight of 18.50 pounds. The Baker/Longworth big bass weighed 5.90 pounds, while the Coots/White team caught a 6.60-pounder.

The Taylor County team of Peyton Cox and Shawn Mills, which did not qualify for state, did earn some recognition at region by reeling in the competition’s biggest bass.  The fish, their only catch of the tourney, weighed 8.40 pounds. 

The Lincoln bass fishing coach is Street Spoonamore.

The other state-qualifying teams and their weigh-ins follow:

Casey County: Jordan Baldock and Seth Owens, 17.10 pounds.

Corbin: Nicholas Yeager and Cole Hicks, 16.80 pounds.

South Laurel: Eli Singleton and Zach Wilson, 14.14 pounds.

Marion County: Jacob Goodin and Austin P. Smith, 14.13 pounds.

Casey County: Jayden Soule and Wade Durham, 14.10 pounds.

South Laurel: Hunter Jones and Jackson Douglas, 13.14 pounds.

Knox Central: Iaiah Gray and Brady Hamilton, 12.14 pounds.

Rockcastle County: Cole Ballinger and Sean Cash, 12.30 pounds.

Boyle County: Jace Clements and Drake Thompson, 11.90 pounds.

Rockcastle County: Cameron Cornelius and Jordan Nicely, 11.50 pounds.

Southwestern: Keaton Smith and Jaydon Coggins, 10.13 pounds.

Boyle County: Hannah Wesley and Sam Clark, 9.13 pounds.