Alexis Virgillito and Taylor Bacot made angling history this month. The teens from Louisiana who attend Parkway High School became the first all-girls team to win a high school fishing state championship ever in the U.S. Despite having fished since they were in diapers the pair stumbled a bit on their road to victory, as they headed into the tournament in the midst of a dry spell.
Alexis’s dad Brad Virgillito told reporters, “They zeroed at Toledo Bend, which is the very first tournament of the year. We set a goal for Caddo, for the state championship, to just bring a fish across the scales and not zero.”
The girls really hit the ground running in the tournament and were able to land five keepers within 30 minutes from the tournament’s start. Their first fish weighed over 25 pounds and as they continued to reel in lunkers they swapped out smaller fish to increase their total weight.
Brad went on to say the girls had accomplished something in the beginning of the tournament most grown men never will in their entire life. Upon returning with their best five fish for the weigh in they tipped the scales at 30 pounds and 3 ounces. They beat out 108 other teams to claim the title of state champions and serve as inspiration for young anglers all over the country.