Despite cold weather and poor largemouth bass fishing conditions, two students from the Nordonia Hills City Schools placed ninth in a fishing tournament last month.
Brothers Justin and Tyler Lewis, ages 16 and 13, respectively, also caught the largest bass in the Bass Pro Shops High School Fishing tournament, in which 29 teens from several states participated on Oct. 27 at Mosquito Lake State Park in Cortland. According to information at flwfishing.com, the single bass they were able to catch weighed 3 pounds, 15 ounces.
“This time of year, fishing for largemouth bass is terrible,” said Richard Rizzo, who coached the teens on fishing, drove the boat the brothers used and serves as a patrolman on the Macedonia Police Department. “Conditions were terrible. But they persevered through the eight-hour tournament. The boys did a great job. In many tournaments, they would have had an award for that. It was a long, cold day but they never gave up.”
Competitors were allowed to catch up to five largemouth bass, and the team with the most collective weight won. After the fish were weighed, they were released back into the lake, Rizzo said.
Rob Lewis, the father of the brothers, said that his sons “are both big fishermen.”
Justin, who goes to Nordonia High School, agreed that “the weather didn’t play in our favor,” but he added the tournament “was a good experience.”
“You’ve got to have patience with it,” said Justin. “That’s the art of fishing. Not everyone has the patience for it.”
“That’s why they call it fishing, not catching,” said Tyler, who attends Nordonia Middle School.
Justin said that his father and grandfather both liked to fish.
“We still go out with them all the time,” Justin said.
Both brothers said they were eager to fish in future tournaments. Indeed, both plan to participate again in the Walleye Fall Brawl on Lake Erie, which runs through December.
“That’s a lot of fun, too,” Justin said.
Tyler said he would love to go on a fishing trip in Canada. Justin, meanwhile, said he would love to go much further south to Florida “for a week or two.”
Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @AprilKHelms_RPC