Day one brought difficulties for one and the second day was unkind to the other but the teams of Landin and Taylor Chatham representing Weston High and Hayden Davis and Maddox Duck of Quitman were all smiles after it was over.
No, they didn’t win any of the thousands of dollars in college scholarships available, boats, equipment and other prizes that were up for grabs at the High School Fishing National Championship held on Pickwick Lake in Alabama but the experience is one they will cherish forever.
The final results show that Landin and Taylor Chatham of Weston finished the two day tournament in 54th place overall out of the 236 teams that competed. On both days they managed to boat the three fish limt despite having battery problems on the first day that cost them lots of down time. It was their second day stringer that weighed 8.02 pounds tha timproved their position 27 spots from 81st after day one.
For Hayden Davis and Maddox Duck the sledding was a little tougher as the pair from Quitman netted two fish on the first day and then had the misfortune of not catching any on day two which relegated them to 190th place.
Both teams got to fish an additional day in the “Second Chance Round” with the Chatham’s once again catching three fish that weighed a total of 6.04 lbs to come in 71st overall. Davis and Duck once again failed to land a fish in the tough conditions.
Each qualified for the prestigious national event by finishing in the top ten of the Northeast Louisiana High School Fishing circuit where the Chatham’s finished fourth overall and Duck and Davis came in 9th place.
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