CORSICANA — The Cayuga High School fishing team earned four of the top-25 placements at the second Texas High School Bass Association Central Division meet of the season.
Kolton Foerster and teammate Emily Banta finished as Cayuga's top team, taking 15th place with 11.2 pounds of fish. Foerster and Banta caught four bass in all at Richland-Chambers Reservoir.
“All 13 teams fished great considering the colder than normal temperatures along with the lake being rough,” said Cayuga fishing team adviser Erika Goolsby. “The wind was cold; but, all teams fished until right up until the official stop time.
“I am so proud of all the anglers, boat captains and parents for stepping up to the challenge,” Goolsby added.
This marked another top-30 performance for Banta and Foerster.
Goolsby said Banta recently started fishing.
What's more, their boat captain Kyle Dunsmore drives all the way from Grand Prairie to serve as that capacity.
Sean Currie held down the fort for Jagr Royse and himself. Currie reeled in four fish weighing 10.58 pounds. Royse and Currie are aiming for another trip to state, which takes place at Cedar Creek Lake near Athens on May 11-12, 2019.
Two other Cayuga two-person teams excelled.
Jackson Kelley and Spencer Lightfoot recorded their best-ever finish — taking 20th with four fish totaling 10.09 pounds. Blane Scheppler and Ryder Sparkman, who continues fishing while recovering from an injury, were 21st (9.54 pounds).
Kelley is a first-year angler, while Lightfoot is competing for Cayuga a second straight season. Both of them are seniors, with Jeremy LeGard as their boat captain.
Cayuga parents were volunteers on Saturday, helping with the weigh-in process and other behind-the-scenes minutiae at Oak Cove Marina.
Goolsby was proud of the Cayuga community for stepping up to help run a tournament for the first time ever.
Overall, 197 teams competed, and 10 of Cayuga's 13 teams caught at least one fish.
Official results haven't been posted on the THBA website. There's one more fall fishing tournament on the docket, and that will take place Nov. 17 at Lake Fork.
Editor's Note: Look in Wednesday's Herald-Press for a detailed box of statistics from the tournament, including how all Cayuga anglers performed.