High school students compete in bass fishing championship

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CARLYLE LAKE, IL (KTVI)-- High school students from across Illinois are at Carlyle Lake for one of the more unique sports championships in the country.

Those students are male and female. They are freshman to seniors.

And they are all here to cast their lines in the quest for the Illinois State High School Bass Fishing Championship.

For many, a day spent fishing is a day spent relaxing.

But for more than 130 Illinois high school student anglers, these two days in May are all about the competition.

Cale Jausel and Jacob Louis are from Pinckneyville High School 70 miles southeast of St. Louis and it didn`t take them long to find where the fish were biting.

The schools provide their own boats, adult drivers and coaches, but the students are in control of everything else.

The students must also decide where on the lake to go look for the big ones.

Illinois was the first to hold a High School Bass Fishing Championship back in 2009 and each year the popularity has been growing. This weekend, there are 65 boats out on the water representing several dozen high schools.