October 21, 2020

Chris Carroll leading the way for upstart Brave fishermen

Chris Carroll, 3rd place state fisherman at the GICAA State Championships (Photo: Student Angler Federation on Facebook)

Chris Carroll, 3rd place state fisherman at the GICAA State Championships (Photo: Student Angler Federation on Facebook)

(Lake Oconee, GA) — Heard County High School fisherman Chris Carroll traveled to Lake Oconee last weekend and brought home the biggest prize yet for the inaugural Braves bass fishing program.

Carroll’s third place finish at the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association (GICAA) State Championships was the best ever for the young fishing program that just began competition this school year.

Carroll qualified for the prestigious state fishing tournament with a strong second place overall finish at Lake Sinclair on March 4.

Chris was the only fisherman to catch five fish and also earned the second place big fish at the tourney.

The junior was also the only competitor to fish alone while other teams fished in pairs. His five fish weighed in at eight pounds and seven ounces. Only nine ounces separated Chris from the top finishers.

In a typical bass tournament, fisherman are aiming to catch the five largest fish during the tournaments which typically last several hours.

Heard County fishing coach Justin McCullough is proud of his fisherman and the progress already achieved by the upstart program.

“Shane Lasseter and David Carroll really started our program last year — and then when I came to work here last fall — I just really wanted to be a part of it,” says McCullough.

The coach is not surprised by Carroll’s early success due to his many years of experience with his dad and boat captain David Carroll.

“Chris and his dad have been fishing for a long time which has just really helped him take off as a high school fisherman,” says McCullough. “Chris is a guy that could definitely earn a college fishing scholarship.”

Other members of the Brave fishing team include Justin Morrell, Trinity Wilson, and Denver Claustermeyer-Beamon. David Carroll and Brant Steen are the Brave boat captains.

The Braves 2016-2017 fishing team (L-R): boat captain Brant Steen, Justin Morrell, Trinity Wilson, Denver Claustermeyer-Beamon, Chris Carroll, boat captain David Carroll, Coach Justin McCullough (Photo: Heard County High Bass Anglers on Facebook)

The Braves 2016-2017 fishing team (L-R): boat captain Brant Steen, Justin Morrell, Trinity Wilson, Denver Claustermeyer-Beamon, Chris Carroll, boat captain David Carroll, Coach Justin McCullough (Photo: Heard County High Bass Anglers on Facebook)

Carroll finished in 22nd place at the FLW/TBF Georgia High School State Championships on February 11 at Lake West Point while the team of Morrell and Wilson finished in 49th place.

McCullough is excited to be the director of a new south division tournament schedule next year that will include up to six tournaments to be staged on lakes in West Georgia and East Alabama.

The Brave fishing program is thankful to several sponsors for helping them get off to such a good start including Marine South, a boat dealer located in Carrollton.

For more information and photos visit Heard County fishing on facebook.

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