One of the newest aspects of The Brook Hill School this year has been the emergence of the school’s high school bass fishing team through the Texas High School Bass Association.
Now, two of the team’s members are hoping to cast their lines towards success as they compete in the upcoming THSBA State event, slated for Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, on the waters of Lake Ray Roberts.
The brotherly fishing team of Dalton and Cole Findley, a senior and a freshman, respectively, were able to qualify to fish in the THSBA state tournament after a strong finish at the Regional event, held Saturday, April 15, on Lake Sam Rayburn.
“It means a lot to be able to represent Brook Hill at the State tournament,” said Cole Findley, “especially since this is our first year to be in the THSBA as a team. For us to go this far in just our first year is a really great achievement. We’ve worked really hard throughout the season. I hope that we are able to compete well at State.”
At the THSBA regional event, the Findley brothers were able to reel in a 13th place finish with a catch of five fish weighing in at 15.82 pounds, securing their way to compete in the THSBA State tournament.
As the lone senior on the Brook Hill Fishing Team, Dalton Findley, the club’s president, was able to fish in a total of five tournaments this season, including three tournaments with his brother, Cole, as his teammate.
“I got interested in the Brook Hill Fishing team because I grew up fishing,” said Dalton Findley. “I love to fish and I’ve fished in bass tournaments all the time. I actually had been trying to get Brook Hill to create a fishing team for the last year, and finally we were able to get one started. After we jumped into the club, we started to have others being interested and join with us.”
Cole Findley said that it wasn’t necessary his love for fishing that convinced him to join the team, but that through participating together, he might be able to assist his brother, Dalton, in winning scholarship money, as well as have more time together before the older brother heads off to college.
“I’m not really the fishing type,” said Cole Findley. “With it being Dalton’s last year and that he’s going to be gone for a while, I thought it was something we could do together and help him get some money for college. I thought that it could be fun to compete together and help him.”
In its first year of existence, the Brook Hill Fishing Club was able to hook a total of eight members to compete for the school, including the team of Mac Rose and Grant Goates; the team of Andrew Brooks and John Dixon; and the team of Carson Ezell and Campbell Fletcher.
“With it being our first year, honestly, my expectations were not very high,” said Dalton Findley. “Out of the five tournaments we competed in during the season, there were three lakes that we had never been on. We actually zeroed in two competitions, including one on our home lake. When we learned that we had made it to Regionals, of course, we were excited and we actually went up and practiced on the lake before the competition because we wanted to be ready and have a competitive edge.”
Along with the brother duo, the boys’ father will also take to the waters of the State tournament event, serving as the team’s boat captain.
“It’s going to be a fun day competing in the State tournament,” said Cole Findley. “It’ll probably be the last time I get to fish competitively with my brother, as well has having our dad with us. It’d be nice to bring home the State Championship even though it’s our first year and we’re rookies, but I believe we could still do it. It’d really be a big boost to the Brook Hill Fishing Team.”