To say that they MISD Fishing Team had a Dominating Performance on Lake Conroe would be an understatement. The combined squad from both Montgomery High School and Lake Creek High School, had 5 teams in the Top 10, out of 139 individual teams from 23 Houston Area High Schools.
Leading the way for MISD was last year’s Angler’s of the Year for MISD, Fallon Clepper & Wyatt Ford. This “Dynamic Duo” captured 2nd Place with a 5 Bass Limit of 16.13 pounds. Their “Local Legend” Captain Julian Clepper reported, “the kids caught them fishing slow in 3 to 12 feet of water using numerous soft plastic techniques. The bite was very tough, as we only caught 6 keepers on the day.” Clepper went onto say that “the kids fished hard all day, and Fallon caught their biggest fish that culled out a smaller fish at 2:47.” That cull of a smaller fish, allowed the team to increase their limit by almost 4 pounds, sealing both their 2nd place finish, as well as helping the MISD Fishing Team to a resounding First Place finish. Being that their official time to stop fishing in the Texas High School Bass Association Tournament was 3:00, that’s an impressive lesson for all of us, compete hard until the end.
Rounding out the top three weights and places for MISD, which is how the overall Team Champion is decided, were Jack Middlebrook and Kaden Harmann coming in 5th with a total weight of 11.37. They were followed closely by Rylan Mitchell and Tyler Gerner landing in the 6th spot with 10.90 pounds. This combined total of 38.40 pounds easily outdistanced the 2nd Place school by 6 pounds.
As mentioned above, we had two other teams in the Top 10 in Andrew Wilson and Brandon Warren, placing 8th with 8.34 pounds, and Jack Haag and Connor Callihan coming in 9th with 7.54 pounds. This is only the third time in the history of the MISD Fishing Team, that the Squad had 5 teams in the Top 10.
Overall, the fishing was extremely tough on the 139 Teams, as over 50 percent of the field did not catch a keeper Bass, which on Lake Conroe is 16 inches. Anytime it takes less than 10 pounds to be in the Top Ten, you know it was tough conditions!
Overall, the MISD Fishing Team had 40 Teams competing for scholarships and prizes. The next stop on the THSBA Houston Division Trail is Lake Somerville on October 10th. It will be there, that the MISD Fishing Team will look to expand their lead, and accomplish one of the three Team goals for the season, another Conference Title.
Photo courtesy of Debbie Pietsch