Creek Wood fishing duo looking forward to national stage – The Tennessean
There’s an old quote that says, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”
For a pair of Creek Wood students, that quote holds true to both of them.
For Stevie Mills and Daniel Cheshire, their hunger isn’t exactly for the fish themselves, but more for the chance to represent Creek Wood on a national stage and give the school some recognition.
The two both started fishing at an early age. Mills’ dad actually used to fish tournaments at Lake Cumberland, he and would tag along.
“I was around three. We used to go out there a bunch, and I remember fishing for crappie and bass. Anything that would bite,” said Mills.
Cheshire says he started as soon as he could hold a rod.
“I caught my first fish on Kentucky Lake when I was three-years old, a 12-inch largemouth,” said Cheshire.
Both have been fishing their entire lives now, and have been in the competitive scene for the school for a couple of years. The two became a team last year, and have qualified to compete on the national stage.
It was tough going for a while for the duo, who had no sponsors and had to pay for their own equipment out of their own pocket.
“It’s hard work before you get those sponsors but when you get them, you still have to put in work to keep them,” said Mills.
“We had to pay for everything,” said Cheshire.
Now both have a bevy of sponsors behind them, and will continue to get some good treatment heading into a pair of national tournaments in June.
“They’re going to hook us up pretty good. We’ll have a 2016 ranger to fish out of. Everything is going to be loaded. We’ll have a good chance to do well,” said Mills.
The first nationals they’ve qualified for will be on Wheeler Lake in Alabama June 3. Their second will be on Pickwick Lake June 20. The winners get $10,000 in scholarship money, so $5,000 a piece. There is a five bass limit, which includes both large-mouth and small-mouth
“It’s an amazing experience,” said Cheshire.
Despite their competitive drive, the two are firm believers that fishing is a sport that should be tried by everyone.
“I think everybody needs to get into it,” said Mills.
“Anybody can do it, and will have fun in doing it.”
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