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Two Local Kids Heading to National Fishing Tournament

UPDATE: La Crosse students come up short in national bass tourney

PARIS, Tenn. (WXOW) - Two La Crosse high school students have a tough day of fishing as they competed for a national championship in Tennessee Friday.

The team of Jace Smith and Brady McCoy finished the day in 16th place at the Bassmaster High School Championship with two bass weighing three pounds, three ounces. On Thursday, they boated five fish for a total of twenty pounds, ten ounces to put them in contention.

Small catches were the norm though on Friday. The leaders in the tournament, from North Carolina had a two fish weighing eight pounds, twelve ounces. Only the top ten teams made the cut for the final day of the tournament and a shot at the title.

Another Wisconsin team, Grant Ehlenfeldt and Charles L'Allier of New Richmond, finished the day in 20th place with two fish coming in at two pounds, five ounces.

The tournament, the first of its kind put on by Bassmaster, concludes Saturday at Kentucky Lake.


PARIS, Tenn. (WXOW) - An update on the two La Crosse high school students trying for a national bass fishing title in Tennessee this week.

As of the start of the third day of competition in the Bassmaster High School Championship on Kentucky Lake, Jace Smith and Brady McCoy are in 13th place. 

They survived the first round of cuts after two days to make it to the third day.  Smith and McCoy made it despite getting no fish on the first day of the competition. A 20 pound, 10 ounce limit of five fish on day two helped propel them into contention.

They currently have the big bass of the tournament with a 7 pound, 2 ounce bass.

The day three weigh-in is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Two high school students from La Crosse are competing in a national bass fishing competition next week.

Jace Smith and Brady McCoy won the state competition in Minoqua, Wisconsin against 8 other teams last month. Now, they'll be moving on to the Bassmaster High School Championship in Tennessee on Kentucky lake. This time, they're competing against 96 other teams and fishing on a lake they're not familiar with, so they say it's important to be prepared.

"Looking stuff up, talking to people that have fished on the lake before, watching lots of videos on youtube and stuff like that," says the 15-year-old Smith.

"I've never really fished a lake similar to Lake Kentucky so I'm really going to have to figure the patterns out and do whatever I can to try to catch a good bag," says 15 year old, Brady McCoy.

Jace and Brady are sponsored by Ace Sports Land and Tucker's Powerhouse Marine in La Crosse who pay for their travel expenses. They leave Sunday morning. The national competition begins on Wednesday, July 16th in Tennessee.

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