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All-American fisherman, PHS's Spencer Childers

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  Spencer Childers and Owen Moss won the team’s final event of the year at Carters Lake. Childers was awarded  this year’s Pickens Bass Fishing Scholarship.


  The month of May has brought a lot of success for Pickens High School Senior Spencer Childers. He began the month by being recognized as the Pickens Bass Fishing Scholarship winner for 2018. The 3 year high school angler has committed to continue his fishing career at Bethel University located near Kentucky Lake in Northern Tennessee. He will join 2017 graduate Logan Millsaps, who is also fishing for Wildcats. Former winners of the scholarship include Millsaps, Jacob Gordon (UNG), and Andrew Hasbrouck (Young Harris); all three of which are fishing for the respective colleges.

    Spencer then headed out to Austin, Texas to compete in the High School All American event on Lake Inks. The event was a one day team tournament where Childers and a B.A.S.S. pro would fish as a team, with each angler weighing in just one fish. Spencer drew out Mark Menendez of Paducah, Kentucky. Menendez is a fan favorite with 20 years of professional experience and over 1 million in career earnings. The two were able to put together a winning pair of fish that weighed over 9lbs combined, good enough to win the event. According to Menendez, “Fishing with Spencer was like fishing with you best fishing buddy! He is a fine fisherman and a better young man!”

    As if Childers hadn’t accomplished enough for one month, he closed out his high school career with a victory in the final team event of the season. The bass fishing team took to Carters Lake for a three fish afternoon tournament. The event had initially, been scheduled for April on Lake Lanier but had to be rescheduled due to weather. Childers and his partner Freshman Owen Moss put together a 3 pound limit of over 5lbs in less than 4 hours. “The fish were just biting funny today. I had a couple of bigger bites, but just wasn’t able to get a hook in them.” The weight may not have been what Childers and Moss were looking for but it was enough for the win and secured them the Anglers of the Year title. Childers has been Angler of the Year all three years the club has been in existence, each year with a different partner.  Rounding out the Anglers of the Year standings were Skyler Atkins and Peyton Henderson, Mitch Wheeler and Chase Krastes, and Jackson Hyde and Tate Keener. All of these teams will be back next year and look to land their first AOY title.