High school fishing: Oakwood, Frankston prosper at tourney

JEFFERSON — Three Frankston and two Oakwood teams earned top-30 finishes at the Texas High School Bass Association East Division meet on Saturday.

Under mainly overcast skies at Lake O’ The Pines, Bastion Pickens and Joshua Kuykendall bagged only three fish — but they weighed 12.6 pounds.

It was good enough for 13th place in the team standings.

“We pretty much stayed in the south end of Lake O’ The Pines,” said Oakwood team advisor Travis Bynum. “This is the time of the year when the fish start heading for the creeks.”

All of the team advisors said they had to cover a lot of water since the fish were scattered throughout — and plenty of different lures were used.

In grabbing such a high place, Pickens and Kuykendall racked up 488 team-of-the year points — which are used to determine the top teams for the playoffs in the spring.

They reeled in a 5.28-pound bass, one of the largest caught on the day.

Oakwood’s Ethan Edgemon and Trisdon Bynum worked together for 22nd place, netting four fish weighing 11.18 pounds.

Three Frankston teams also fared extremely well in Cash Gideon and James Landry (21st, five fish, 11.23 pounds), Kaden Hallmark and Tyler Fridinger (27th, five fish, 10.3 pounds) and Garret Bean and Ryan Fitzgerald (30th, four fish, 9.77 pounds).

“They did a great job, and they stuck with it,” said Frankston advisor Ryan McCoy. “We caught fish all over the lake.”

Hallmark and Fridinger and Bean and Fitzgerald used different patterns, as McCoy reported. Hallmark and Fridinger mainly fished the northern half of the lake, while Bean and Fitzgerald were primarily in the south.

McCoy said the Indians mainly used plastic baits.

Elkhart’s Cooper Jordan had a great day fishing all by his lonesome — without teammate Burke Brumley.

Jordan produced a strong outing catching four fish weighing 9.47 pounds, good enough for 3nd spot and 469 TOY points.

“It was tough not having my partner,” Jordan said. “I covered a lot of water, and I got lucky where I fished.”

Jordan said he used both a Scum Frog topwater kit and a black zoom worm to reel in his catch.

Frankston’s Jacob Bizzell and Jason Stanaland were 33rd, netting five fish totaling 9.36 pounds. Trenton Taylor and Elton Coy were next (46th, four fish, six pounds).

The next tournament will be the final one of the autumn — Nov. 18 at Lake Fork Marina in Alba.

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