2019 FISHSTLCup Finals – Bass Championship
Sometimes lost opportunities come back to bite you. Fortunately for Marquette High School, that was not the case during the 2019 FISHSTLCup Finals Bass event.
Kirkwood started the bass event scoring with the first fish – a 13-inch rainbow trout… That started a trend. Despite near perfect fishing conditions, teams caught more trout (12) than bass (8). Through 5 rotations, no bass were caught until Parkway West broke the ice with a 15.8” bass. That was quickly followed by bass from Oakville 1, Oakville 2, and Marquette.
St. Louis University then caught what looked to be the biggest bass of the day — a plump 16.5” fish and took the lead. During rotation 7, a Marquette angler hooked a bass that was clearly bigger than any previously seen. Screams for the landing went out as the angler strained to land the bass which would surely put Marquette in the lead for good. Suddenly, the large bass jumped, spit the hook, and waved good bye with its tail. Stunned, the Marquette team groaned and slumped to the ground while all other teams breathed a sigh of relief.
Rotation 8 saw another lead change as Oakville 2 took advantage of Marquette’s misfortune and landed its second bass. Then, the Fish Gods smiled upon Marquette High School one more time, as an angler felt the tug of a nice bass and guided it safely to the landing net. Good fortune returned to Marquette as they landed the biggest bass of the day (17.3”), claimed 10 bonus points, and took the lead. But the day’s drama was not over.
During the last 2 minutes of the final rotation, a Parkway West angler set the hook on another bass. Having caught one bass previously, would it be large enough to challenge Marquette’s catch for the win at the final horn? The bass measured at 11.8” and when coupled with their other bass length, Parkway West would need to settle for 2nd place. So, Marquette held on to claim the FISHSTLCup Finals Bass title!
Oakville 2, St. Louis University, and Oakville 1 rounded out the top five.
|Official results||Bass Event, 4/6/19|
|January-Wabash Park Lake|
All bass event points count towards the big prize – the coveted FISHSTLCup Grand Championship. After 2 events, Oakville 1 holds a narrow lead over school rival Oakville 2 with Marquette, Parkway West, Vianney, Kirkwood, and Webster Groves in striking distance. Next up – the panfish finals at Bellefontaine Conservation Area!