April 2, 2018

The Madison Southern High School fishing duo of Blake Harold of Berea, Kentucky, and Cameron Cochran of Mount Vernon, Kentucky, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 7 ounces to win the 2018 TBF/FLW High School Fishing Kentucky State Championship on Lake Cumberland.

A field of 243 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from the Burnside Island State Park in Burnside. In FLW/TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.

The top 10 teams on Lake Cumberland were:          

  1st:     Madison Southern High School, Berea, Ky. – Blake Harold, Berea, Ky., and Cameron Cochran, Mt. Vernon, Ky., five bass,   17-7

  2nd:    Rockcastle High School, Mt. Vernon, Ky. – Jordan Nicely and Cameron Cornelius, both of Mt. Vernon, Ky., five bass, 12-12

  3rd:     Jessamine County High School, Nicholasville, Ky. – Luke Lamb, Nicholasville, Ky., and Carson Mitchell, Lexington, Ky., five bass, 12-8

  4th:     Spencer County Bass Club – Clayton Rountree and Dillin Stallings, both of Taylorsville, Ky., five bass 12-6

  4th:     Lake Cumberland High School Bass Club – Ragan Burton and Blake Stringer, both of Somerset, Ky., five bass, 12-6

  6th:     Jessamine County High School, Nicholasville, Ky. – Nathan Marshall and Braxton Lamb, both of Nicholasville, Ky., five bass 12-5

  7th:     Casey County High School, Liberty, Ky. – Britt Pendleton, Liberty, Ky., and Ethan Lee, Dunnville, Ky., five bass, 11-13

  8th:     Thomas Nelson High School, Barstown, Ky. – John Mattingle, New Hope, Ky., and Stephen Bradley, Hodgenville, Ky., five bass, 11-4

  9th:     Jessamine County High School, Nicholasville, Ky. – Levi Keith and Casey Shearer, both of Nicholasville, Ky., five bass, 11-2

  10th:   George Rogers Clark High School, Winchester, Ky. – Robert Powe and Allen Powe, both of Winchester, Ky., four bass, 11-0

The rest of the 24 High School teams that advanced to the 2018 High School Fishing National Championship and complete results for the remaining field can be found at

The 2018 TBF/FLW High School Fishing Kentucky State Championship was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12, open to any Student Angler Federation (SAF) affiliated high school club in the United States. The top 10 percent of each Challenge, Open, and state championship field will advance to the High School Fishing National Championship on Pickwick Lake, in Florence, Alabama, June 26-29. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest high school bass tournament, the 2018 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship on Pickwick Lake. At the 2017 World Finals more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.

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