Spencer Childers and Owen Moss showing some of their fish from the weigh in at the High School Bassmasters on Lake Kentucky.
The Pickens Bass Fishing team of Spencer Childers and Owen Moss wrapped up an amazing season last weekend with a 5th place finish at the Bassmaster High School National Championship on Kentucky Lake.
The event was held over three days on the famed body of water in Paris, Tennessee. The field was comprised of 670 anglers from 337 high schools across the nation. Anglers qualified for the event through various state championships and regional events held throughout the year. Childers and Moss qualified with their win at the Georgia State Championship on Lake Eufaula earlier this summer. This
was Childers second trip to the National Championship and his final event for the high school. He will be attending Bethel University in the fall on a full fishing scholarship. Moss is just beginning his sophomore year and has three more years left to fish for the Dragons. The boys were accompanied in the tournament by boat captain Jesse Millsaps, who has been a vital part of their success and the success of the Pickens Bass Fishing club since it began.
At the end of day one of the event, the Pickens High School anglers found themselves in 3rd place and less than two pounds back of the leaders. Fishing was slow, and the anglers had to capitalize on the few bites they had to produce their 18 lbs. limit. On day two, Spencer and Owen charged up the leader board and took over 1st place with only four fish. Their limit of 16 lbs. was able to pass up the teams ahead of them who struggled on the second day. The boys were working two key locations out deep and the bites were tough, but when they came, they were quality largemouth.
Going into the final day, Childer’s knew the fishing would get tough. “They don’t pull water on Saturdays, while at the same time boat traffic picks up, and that makes it very difficult to catch those fish out deep.” The boys started the day on their prime spot, but were forced to change up and try to find some fish up shallow. They then ran south on the lake and started fishing in the back of creeks to attempt to find fish that would not be affected by the lack of current. In the end, the boys came up a little short of the national championship victory, but they established themselves as two of the best high school anglers in the nation with their 5th place finish. According to head coach Bo Page, “I could not be prouder of these two young men. The way they represented our school and Pickens County was really a testament to their character. I’m going to miss Spencer being around next year, but I know he’s going to have a lot of success in college. I’m excited to get Owen back and watch him compete against some of the other really good anglers we’ve got on our team.”