Whitehouse fishing team sixth at State tournament

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The Whitehouse team of Austin Davis and Justin Rasco finished sixth in the Texas High School Bass Association championship tournament at Lake Ray Roberts near Denton May 20-21.

Teams from around the state, including anglers from Whitehouse, Troup and Arp, competed in the tournament. Davis and Rasco snagged eight fish with a combined weight of 29.64 pounds. The pair were awarded $3,000 ($1,500 each) in scholarships, a plaque, a Captain plaque , $50 BPS gift cards and Volatile casting rods.

There were 229 teams with a total catch of 849 bass caught for a total weight of 2,325.18 pounds (an average of 2.74 pounds per fish). The release rate was 98 percent in the catch-and-release tournament. A one-half pound penalty was assessed for each fish that died before release.

The Troup team of Walker Adams and Rowdy Howell finished 171st with a total catch of 3.63 pounds from two bass.

For Arp, Austin Jones and Hudson Daille finished 74th with five bass that tipped the scales at 12.67 pounds. Emily Bradshaw and Hannah Eakin finished as the top all-female team in 100th place. They caught five bass for a total weight of 9.78 pounds.

Sheldon Mundt and Austin Sumner of Whitehouse placed 21st in the tournament. They hooked nine fish for a total weight of 25.16 pounds, but were assessed a one-pound penalty after two bass died. That penalty knocked the pair down two places. They were each awarded a $40 BPS gift card.

Trent Bookman and Elijah Focht snagged seven bass for a total weight of 18.48 pounds. They were 42nd among the 200-plus teams. Also for Whitehouse, the duo of Jayce Hutchins and Blaine Davis finished 58th with a total weight of 14.73 pounds from four bass.

The Whitehouse pair of Charlie McKain and Justin Ishmael netted three bass for 7.30 pounds and 122nd place, and the team of Nathan Delagarza and Elijah Carter snagged one bass for 4.70 pounds and 157th place.

Also from Arp, Derek Chatham and Hayden Grammier netted four fish for a total weight of 9.18 pounds for 103rd place, and the duo of Claye Whitehead and Josh Pawlik placed 121st with three fish that weighed 7.36 pounds.

The team of Derek Pietsch and Trey Dawson from Montgomery won the tournament after the pair netted 10 bass that tipped the scales at 35.48 pounds. They were assessed a penalty after one fish died, but managed to hold on over the second place total of 34.23 pounds. The winning team was awarded $30,000 ($15,000 apiece) in scholarships

Kyle Lindburg, also from Montgomery, hooked the largest bass in the tournament at 10.14 pounds. He finished 98th.

Cash scholarships and other prizes were awarded to the top 19 teams, and gift cards were awarded to teams that placed 20th through 46th place. The top 46 boat captains also were awarded gas cards.

The 2017-2018 scheduled for the THSBA in the East Division, which includes Arp, Troup and Whitehouse, includes Lake Palestine Sept. 23; Lake ‘O The Pines Oct. 21; Lake Fork Nov. 18; Lake ‘O The Pines Feb. 17, 2018; Lake Palestine March 17; and Toledo Bend April 14. All tournaments are on Saturdays.

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