For the first time in history, Conway High sent teams to the state high school fishing tournament at Bull Shoals Lake.

Teams consisted of two high school students with an adult captain in each boat. Six students, three dads, and two high school teachers attended the event. They represented three teams out of the 75 teams competing.

Bryce Scott and Tyler Garretson, with boat captain Brent Starks, finished 16th with 10 pounds, 12 ounces. Nathan Zimmerman and Austin Sipes, with boat captain Ben Zimmerman, finished 24th at 10 pounds, 2 ounces. Hunter Bogard and Sheridan Porter, with boat captain Troy Bogard, were 43rd at 7 pounds, 13 ounces.

All three teams caught their limit of five fish. The water was crystal clear and the bass were spawning on beds. It was a beautiful day to be fishing.

Steve and Matt Kelly were the sponsoring teachers.

"We were impressed with our teams, their sportsmanship and hard work," said Kelly. "They were fine representatives of Conway High School. Competitive high school fishing is relatively new in the state so our program is just starting. I hope more students, teachers, and community members become involved. Next year, I want to take 10 teams."

Earlier in the year, the team also participated in a stream clean event, various fishing activities at local lakes, and other fishing activities held in the school district. Next week, the group is helping sponsor a middle school fishing Derby.

If anyone is interested in sponsoring or supporting the Conway High School Fishing Team, please contact coach Love at