Marble Falls student-angler snags Big Bass at championship

Marble Falls High School senior Wes Thornton holds the bass that won him the Big Bass award for the biggest fish caught during the Texas High School State Championship at Lake LBJ on March 21. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro


HORSESHOE BAY — Marble Falls High School angler Wes Thornton and his brother and partner Jakob Thornton caught only one fish during the Texas High School State Championship on March 21.

But they made it count.

Wes Thornton’s 10-pound bass weighed enough to nab the tournament’s Big Bass award.

The two fished with the first group, so they had to wait until about 40 other teams had their bags of fish weighed.

“I’m just excited,” he said with a giant smile.

“Most anglers will literally go an entire lifetime and never catch a fish this size,” club sponsor Craig Orton said. “For Wesley to catch this fish is a major accomplishment, and he represented Marble Falls nicely.”

Thornton said he used white crank bait to lure the bass that was in four feet of water in one of the salty coves of Lake LBJ.

He has been fishing catfish since he was 4 but added bass fishing when Marble Falls High School added the club four years ago.

“With bass, you have to use different lures, different techniques,” he said. “With catfish, you put a bait on a cast and line. With catfish, you have to know your water and know your environment in the water.”

Orton said he was especially happy for Thornton.

“Wes has not had a lot of success fishing,” he said. “He’s gone to several tournaments where he hasn’t caught anything. I think in one tournament, he caught a couple of fish where he finished third. But he’s the first to help volunteer when we need something. He stuck with it.”

Almost 300 total fish were caught in the tournament that drew 73 boats that had two-person teams and a boat captain.

Texas High School State Fishing Championship results

HORSESHOE BAY — Almost 270 fish were caught during the 2015 Texas High School State Fishing Championship at Lake LBJ on March 21.

The total weight was 752.13 pounds.

Marble Falls High School senior Wes Thornley was the winner of the tournament’s Big Bass award for catching the heaviest fish at 10 pounds.

The team of Austin Pegues and Dylan Frailey was the best finisher for the fishing club at Marble Falls High School. The duo’s five fish weighed 16 pounds to tie for 14th.

OVERALL RESULTS (269 total fish caught): 1, Chase Hux and Matt Nicholas (Wildcat Fishing Team), 26.15 (five fish); 2, Justin Tatum and Hunter Garrett (Cen-Tex High School Basshunters), 26.07 (five); 3, Tyler Easley and Tara Reid (Cen-Tex High School Basshunters), 22.14 (five); 4, Logan Stone and Logan Drake (Cen-Tex High School Basshunters), 21.05 (five); 5, Tyler Anderson and Clark Mannas (Lake Travis High School), 21.04 (five)

MARBLE FALLS RESULTS: 14t, Austin Pegues and Dylan Frailey, 16.0 (five); 17, Dylan Petrosky and Tucker Oosse, 15.09 (five); 25t, Wyatt Deans and Chris Hooten, 13.05 (five); 25t, Jarrett Robertson and Chase Maddox, 13.05 (five); 27, Keegan Stroud and Calvin Todd, 13.03 (five); 37, Colby Orton and Kameron Wright, 10.04 (five); 39, (BIG BASS winner) Wes Thornton and Jakob Thornton, 10.0 (1); 40, Lyle Schmidt and Blake Lilly, 9.15 (four); 55, Alex Bennett and Michael Blade, 5.03 (three); 57, Jake Meadows and Jack Degolier, 4.13 (one); 60, Kevin Duggins and Brandon Duggins, 3.14 (two); 62, Connor White and Layton White, 2.13 (three)

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