Courtesy of Jeff Lobaugh

The Wildcats of Rains High School and the Wildcats of Sulphur Springs High School co-hosted the first annual Wildcat Invitational at Lake Fork this past Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Twenty-three teams representing eleven high schools took to the waters of Lake Fork in search of Big Bass and the first annual Wildcat Invitational High School Fishing Crown. ,High winds, clear Blue Bird skies, and morning temperatures in the high 30's greeted our competitors at Pope's Landing Resort and Marina. The post frontal conditions called for a "Stingy Bite" from Mr. Greenfish and our student anglers struggled with the high pressure conditions of several other tournaments being held on the lake.

Lake Fork's unique "Slot-Limit" of 16-inches to 24-inches, requires fishing for the "Right Sized" fish as an important strategy to a team's success.

Several teams reported catching multiple slot fish during the tournament. Other teams spotted multiple bass on beds, but just could not convince them to take their offering. As the weigh-in proceedings commenced, many teams brought only (1) or (2) fish to the scales. That was until the team of Trevor Dykenna and Dakota Trimble from Crandall High School approached the stage with the first and only (5) fish limit of the day. Their total weight of 7.05 pounds was good enough to capture the first Wildcat Invitational Crown for 2013.

Listed below are the Top (5) teams and weights along with Big Bass and 2nd Big Bass of the tournament that were awarded team trophies, individual plaques, and sponsor provided prizes for this event:

1st Place - Trevor Dykenna & Dakota Trimble - Crandall HS (5) Fish for 7.05 Pounds

2nd Place - Elliott Pipps & Timmy Sowell - Lumberton HS (2) Fish for 4.28 Pounds

3rd Place - Dilan House & Nick Grell - Rains HS (2) Fish for 3.75 Pounds

4th Place - Dylan Thetford & Paul Downs - Flower Mound HS (2) Fish for 3.53 Pounds

5th Place - Haden Sickles & Mason Maeker - Sulphur Springs HS (3) Fish for 3.46 Pounds

Big Bass of the Tournament - Elliott Pipps & Timmy Sowell 2.45 Pounds

2nd Big Bass of the Tournament - Dylan Thetford & Paul Downs 2.34 Pounds

Quinlan Ford took home School Championship honors with a Top 3 Team weight of 8.52 Pounds.