By: Susan Gum // August 16th, 2019 // Stories
After a 14-hour long drive, Delmarva Christian High School students Tyler Hudson and Brooks Parker were ready for the three official practice days leading up to the Bassmaster High School National Championships on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tennessee.
“We left early on August 2nd so the boys could get in some practice before the August 8 start,” said boat captain and DCHS parent Deric Parker. “This was the first time DCHS was represented at Nationals so it was important for us to familiarize ourselves with the surroundings.”
A whopping 300 teams from 243 different high schools, representing 40 different states and one Canadian province, competed in the three-day Championship from August 8 through the 10th. The first day of competition proved to be a successful day for young anglers Brooks and Tyler weighing in 8.7 pounds to seize an impressive 45th position .
“With a five-bass limit, many boats weighed no fish and many only weighed in one,” said Parker. “Our boys garnered four.”
Moving on to Friday, the boys would have to rise to the top 12 to advance to the final day of competition. Unfortunately, it all came to a close for Brooks and Tyler following the late afternoon weigh-in.
“Regardless of the outcome, it was a great and positive experience filled with fun memories for everyone,” concluded Parker. “We are very proud of what our boys accomplished their very first time out. To think that only the top teams in the State qualify for Nationals, that’s a feat unto itself!”
The Bassmaster High School National Championships will be broadcasted by ESPN in the coming months.
Young anglers Brooks Parker and Tyler Hudson have an impressive first day of competition placing 42 out of 300 teams consisting of the best young bass fish anglers in the United States.