MISD Fishing: Familiar Territory
The MISD Fishing Team, as well as 22 other High Schools and Programs in the Houston Division of the Texas High School Bass Association, descended upon Lake Livingston Saturday, February 18th for the 4th Divisional Tournament of the year. What everyone found, was a stingy Lake Livingston bite, with very few limits, or even fish caught by the 150 Teams in attendance.
At stake going into this tournament are crucial points to be earned by both Individual Teams, as well as High School Programs. Individual Teams are looking to earn their way into the Regional Championship, and the High Schools are looking to win the Divisional Championship.
On a high note for the MISD Fishing Team was the Individual Team of Lucas and Brad Scogin. This pair are cousins, and according to their Captain Matt Scogins, “have been fishing together since they could barely walk.” They have been wanting to be part of the MISD Fishing Team as long as they can remember, and they brought in one of less than a handful of limits, coming in 2nd place out of 150 Teams. Team Scogins total weight was 12.85, narrowly missing 1st place for the event by less than a quarter of a pound. Mr. Scogins went on to say that “Lucas and Matt spent a lot of time with both map and satellite imagery study, as well as practice on the water.” The team added that “all 5 of their keepers came on Texas Rigged Soft Plastics and Jigs in dark colors, and that patience was the key.”
Coming in 10th place overall for your MISD Fishing Team were Tanner Galik and Sterlin Driver. They were able to bring 4 fish to the scales that weighed 8.23 pounds. This high finish will definitely solidify their chances of qualifying for the Regional Tournament.
Following very closely in 11th place was the Team of Jaxson Carnine and Karson Nelson. They were also able to manage 4 keepers, which weighed in at 8.09 pounds. This brought the Top 3 Teams combined weight to 29.17 for the MISD Fishing Team, which was good for a 2nd place finish out of 22 Programs.
Also doing well were the current points leaders in the coveted Anglers of the Year Race for the Division, Curtis McCauley & Nate Millner. They landed in 12th place with 6.10 pounds on one fish, which was the largest caught by 150 Teams. According to their Captain Sean Hoerneke, “Nate and Curtis had a gut check moment out there on the water today, as at 2:00, they did not have a fish in the livewell.” Knowing that if they did not catch a keeper, and zeroed for the tournament, they would lose their number one ranking. Hoerneke added that “I was Super Proud of the boys, as they never quit, and landed that 6-pounder close to the time we had to go in.” In fishing, just as in life, perseverance pays off.
With this 2nd Place finish at the Livingston Tournament, the MISD Fishing Team finds itself in “Familiar Territory,” as they vie for their 8th Divisional Crown in 9 years.