Despite much of their plans being interrupted this year amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Hopewell-Loudon Fishing Club, which is in its third year of existence, participated in the 2020 Ohio High School State Fishing Championship on Saturday at Alum Creek.
There were 49 boats entered in the championship, and Hopewell-Loudon entered three boats.
Adam Daniel and Dominic Gaietto were with boat captain John Dillon, Erik Hossler and Vinny SanGregory were with boat captain Guy Hossler, and Garret Kuhn and Ethan Parkins were with boat captain Aaron Depinet.
The boats were on the water from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“We had a great showing and the guys all placed,” club adviser Rod Daniel said.
Kuhn and Parkins caught two fish with a total weight of 6 pounds, 8 ounces. They placed 33rd in the championship.
Hossler and SanGregory caught two fish with a total weight of 4 pounds, 10 ounces. They placed 37th.
Daniel and Gaietto caught one fish with a total weight of 2 pounds, 15 ounces. They placed 44th.
There were 31 bag limits (5 fish) with a total of 189 fish caught (339 pounds, 5 ounces).
“We would like to thank all of our sponsors and supporters that have made all this possible,” adviser Rod Daniel said. “It has been a tremendous experience for all involved.”
Adam Daniel and Dominic Gaietto were the two seniors from Hopewell-Loudon who participated in the championship.
Daniel will be attending Tiffin University to major in accounting. Gaietto will be entering the workforce.
“Thank you to both of these anglers who have helped grow and keep our club thriving,” adviser Rod Daniel said. “Good luck to our seniors as they move on in their next chapter of life. One thing for sure is fishing will be a great hobby that will be with you for the rest of your life.”