Sneed and Gunter lead the way for Eagles

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Cody Gunter and Wade Sneed finished 6th at the 322 boat Bssmasters high School Southern open on Lake Guntersville.(Photo:Submitted/RheaCountyAnglers)

Rhea County Fishing team  competes at Lake Guntersville

April 16, 2016

Lake Guntersville,  AL — The Rhea County Eagle Anglers took 7 teams to participate in this 322 boat Bassmasters High School Southern Open event on Lake Guntersville.  It was the largest event that the team has participated in during the 5 years of competition.  There were teams as far away as Maine, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Illinois, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee.

It is awesome to see how this sport has grown over the past 5 years and it was fun to travel out of state to a new lake that most of the team had never seen.  Lake Guntersville is enormous!   It is twice as big as Chickamauga.  The fishing conditions were extremely tough. The bass are doing their annual migration to spawn and it made patterning the fish difficult.

Our practice day on Friday was good and we thought that our pattern for Saturday would work, but strong winds blowing from the Northeast made fishing even tougher.  There were 3 foot waves on the main river and you just couldn’t hide from the wind anywhere.  There were some of the teams that figured out how to catch the fish in all the adverse conditions.

The highest finishing team from Rhea County High School was the team of Cody Gunter and Wade Sneed.  They finished 6th with a 5 fish limit of bass that weighed 18-2.

Wade Sneed’s comments – 11th grader

Our day was slow and we had a couple that broke off. Overall, we had a good day. The Lord truly Blessed us.

I’m looking forward to going out to the National Championship and have fun and give it my all.

“It soaked in Sunday morning that we were going to the Nationals.”

“Thanks to everyone for this opportunity to fish at the highest level in high school. It’s everything to go out and do what we have dreamed of doing.”

Cody Gunter’s comments – 12th grader

Cody said, “I am looking forward to going to the National Championship. It’s a blessing from God to be able to go. If it wasn’t for Him, we wouldn’t have the chance to go.”

“I just would like to express my thanks to all the parents, family, friends, and our great community we live. To have two teams going to the Bassmaster High School National Championship is amazing. It has taken many hours of practice on the water by these kids and support by their parents. I would also like to say that without local businesses that support this fishing team, none of this would be possible.”

Thanks to Rhea County Fishing Coach Brian Derlak for taking time to share above article.

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