Two Scottsboro High School anglers will fish for a national championship this weekend.
Scottsboro sophomores Barclay Butler and Connor McLaughlin will fish in the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship today through Saturday on Kentucky Lake in Kentucky.
Daily weigh-ins, photos and live in-boat action for those qualifying for the final day can be found at https://www.bassmaster.com/tournament/mossy-oak-fishing-high-school-championship-presented-academy-sports-outdoors on Sunday.
Butler and McLaughlin qualified by finishing third in the Angler of the year points in the Alabama Bass Nation Trail this spring and ninth at the Bass Nation Alabama State Championship at Lake Eufaula in June.
Scottsboro fishing coach Cully Nelson said the Scottsboro duo is prepared for the tournament.
“They have spent the time practicing in locating groups of fish during practice and feel they may have a good pattern. This is Kentucky Lake and a big fish will be caught that could change the standings quickly,” Nelson said.
The duo love the sport, said Nelson, adding he was proud of their efforts to reach this stage in the sport.
“They are very dedicated,” he said, “to the point of participation in other sports on a Friday night and early morning tournaments on the lake that they have to travel to on Saturday. Support from parents, boat captain and our sponsors enable them to do that. These guys have a great captain in Matt McLaughlin. He has shared his knowledge with these boys and they have taken it and work really hard for all of their accomplishments.”
Nelson said having some of its anglers qualify for nationals is a “huge accomplishment” for Scottsboro’s first-year program.
“The community has done an amazing job of supporting our team this year,” Nelson said. “We could do any of it without them.”