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Report on Livingston Academy’s Fishing Team
by Amy Wilson
Three teams from Livingston Academy traveled to Florence, Alabama, to fish in the high school fishing world finals. Team members are Dakota Wilson and Elijah Garrett, Bailey Talent and Bailey Pennycuff, Ethan Carr and Clay Johnson. Teams put in the water on Pickwick Lake, but could also fish Wilson Lake. Practice began on Sunday, June 26, 2016, and continued through Tuesday, June 28, 2016. On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, was the first round of qualifying with 186 boats to blast off. Bailey and Bailey was boat #54 to blast off this first day with a check in time of 2 p.m., they weighted in one fish totaling 1 lb. 14 oz. finishing in 156 place. Dakota and Elijah were boat #65 to blast off with a check in time of 2 p.m. weighing in 2 fish totaling 4 lbs. 1 oz., finishing in 137th place for first round of qualifying, Ethan and Clay were boat #141 with a weight in time of 2:45 p.m., they brought in 2 fish weighing 2 lbs. 1oz. placing 150th for this first round. 657 fish were weighed in on Wednesday by 167 teams, with a total weight of 1,447.9 lbs. 19 of the 186 teams zeroed for this first day of qualifying. All three of the LA teams got to walk across the stage and be interviewed on the live stream at www.highschoolfishing.org.
Day two Thursday June 30, 2016, second day to qualify. Teams were launched in reverse today meaning if they were team #186 on Wednesday today they were team #1. Ethan and Clay weighed in 5 fish totaling 12 lbs. 6 oz. Bailey and Bailey weighed in one fish weighing 2 lbs. 1oz. Dakota and Elijah weighed in 1 fish totaling 1lb. 14 oz. The totals from Wednesday and Thursday were combined to select the first top 10 to make it to the semi finals. By making it to the semi finals in the first round those 10 teams were given extra fishing time in the last qualifying round on Friday. They launched first and didn’t check in until 2:30pm after all the other teams checked in at 2 p.m. At the end of the first round our teams standing were: Ethan Carr and Clay Johnson #87, Dakota Wilson and Elijah Garrett #150, Bailey Talent and Bailey Pennycuff #160 out of the total 186 teams. 577 fish were weighed in, with 1,305.3 lbs. total weight. Friday, July 1, 2016, began the last round of qualifying with 10 teams already in the semi finals, there were 166 teams fishing for the last 10 spots to be able to fish in the high school world fishing tournament on
Saturday July 2, 2016. Boat numbers again were draw as all teams other than the top 10 were beginning again with zeroed total weights to start this round. Dakota and Elijah had boat #13 with a check in time of 1 p.m., they brought in one fish weighing 1lb. 12 oz. finishing in 111th place.
Bailey and Bailey had boat number #51 with a weigh in time of 1:30 p.m. they weighed in one fish weighing 2 lbs. 4 oz. finishing in 108th, Ethan and Clay were boat # 105 with a weigh in time of 2 p.m., they weighed in 5 fish totaling 11 lbs. 7 o.z finishing this round in 29th place. In this last round of qualifying 115 of the 166 teams weighted in fish leaving 51 teams that zeroed for this last day of qualifying. 441 fish were brought in to weigh with a total weight of 1,011.2 lbs.
Friday July 1, 2016, the federation held a pizza dinner for all the teams to announce the top 20 teams for the tournament. Also on this night the 166 teams that did not make the finals had one more chance to put their names in a hat to be drawn for the lucky dog #21 spot in the high school world finals. One of our teams was so blessed to be drawn as the lucky
dogs!! Bailey Talent and Bailey Pennycuff represented our school as team #21 in the finals!! They brought in 2 fish weighing 3 lbs. 13oz. and was able to move up one spot to finish in 20th place in the tournament. Bailey and Bailey received new SAF rods for their finish.
This is the first year of having a fishing team/club at Livingston Academy. We are go grateful to all of our sponsors for their support during this first year of fishing we couldn’t have done it with out you!!!