In their first tournament of the fall held two weeks ago at Barren River Lake in south central Kentucky, cousins and long-time fishing partners Nick and Mike Huff won the annual Battle of the Bluegrass.
They bagged 15.51 pounds of fish; they also reeled in the Big Bass award catching a 5.06 pound monster.
“It was a pretty good day all around,” Nick Huff said in comments to Georgetown News-Graphic reporter Ryan Alves for a recent article. “We caught a bunch of fish.
“A lot of the field was kinda hanging around the main lake, but Mike and I decided to go down the river as far we could. Then we just started flipping our sweet beavers.”
The beaver, a Reactions Innovation bait, has served the Tiger tandem well.
“That’s our go-to bait and it’s kind of got us through some tough times throughout the years,” Nick said.
The win at Barren was Nick Huff’s last tournament as he graduates this winter, but he’s leaving the team in good hands.
Mike Huff, a Corbin senior, still has a semester left on the team, while senior John Hunter from Shelbyville, sophomore Shawn Combs from Cynthiana, and senior Tanner Mahoney from Lexington all look to fill in.
Hunter and partner Tanner Alexander, a junior from Russell, netted a top-5 spot at Barren — they caught 12.20 pounds on the day, while Combs and Mahoney finished one spot out of the top-10 in 11th place with a 7.73-pound haul.
“It was great to go out with a win,” Nick Huff said. “It’s been a great run, and getting to fish with Mike has been great. It felt really good doing well together because we’ve known each other all our lives.”
– Georgetown News-Graphic contributed information to this article