Hurst takes state’s top prize

Posted 4/15/20

14-year-old Madison County 4-H member Hayden Hurst finished first in the state in Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Virtual Bass Fishing Tournament during March.

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Hurst takes state’s top prize

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14-year-old Madison County 4-H member Hayden Hurst finished first in the state in Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Virtual Bass Fishing Tournament during March.

The statewide tournament, which was held over three weekends, featured a unique format allowing each contestant to fish privately from a chosen location in order to accommodate the COVID-19 crisis.

“They got to fish in any pond, lake or stream they wanted to,” said Madison County Extension Agent Chadd Caperton. “With the COVID-19 issues going on, statewide leadership got the idea of doing a statewide contest and it went off really well. It opened up opportunities for kids from all over to get involved.”

Along with Hurst, Madison County 4-H members Braxton Brockman and Riley Mooney participated in the contest. Brockman and Mooney placed sixth and 34th at the district level, respectively.

Following Hurst, the state’s top five finishers included Blake Raymond (Rockwall), Wyatt Schindler (Clay), Devin Herndon (Smith) and Cooper Talley (Hardeman).

The three separate Saturday events included 248 youth participants throughout the state’s 4-H program, grades three through twelve. Placings were determined based on cumulative pounds of bass weights over the three events. Participants could compete individually or in teams of three or four.

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