A 17-year-old high school student tragically passed away after attending a fishing tournament.

Kale Robinson was a junior at Winnsboro High School and a member of the Winnsboro Fishing Team.

While competing in a tournament at Lake Cypress Springs, Robinson passed out suddenly during a weigh-in.

He was rushed to a hospital but could not be revived.

“It is with great sorrow and a heavy heart that we announce the untimely passing of one of our own, Kale Robinson from the Winnsboro Fishing Team. Kale was an avid fisherman, and had fished with THSBA for 3 years. We find some solace in knowing that Kale was surrounded by friends and family, doing what he loved, and even catching his personal best,” the Texas High School BASS Association wrote on Facebook.

“We are just so deeply sorry for the loss of this incredible young man who had a bright future ahead of him. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. We ask for the continued prayers of Kale’s family, friends, and Winnsboro Fishing Team as we all grieve during this difficult time. To Kale’s parents, grandparents, and all that knew and loved him, we are truly sorry for your loss and you have our deepest sympathies. Today, we pray for those whose hearts are laden with sadness and grief for losing a loved one. May they come to You, Jesus, to find rest for their weary hearts and broken spirit. I pray that You would guard their hearts and minds with the kind of peace that can only come from You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen,” the group added.

CBS 19 reports:

The student has been identified as Winnsboro High School junior, Kale Robinson, who was a beloved member in the fishing community.

Robinson was part of the Texas High School BASS Association for three years before suddenly losing his life this weekend.

According to Winnsboro ISD, Robinson reportedly suffered a fatal medical emergency following a fishing tournament weigh-in on Saturday.

“As a community, we are mourning this loss, and we will come together not only as a school but as a community to support each other during this incredibly challenging time,” according to the Facebook post.

Winnsboro ISD will have counselors and youth pastors on-site to help support students and staff members affected during this difficult time.


Robinson’s Obituary reads:

Hayden Kale Robinson, affectionately known as “Pistol,” passed away on February 17, 2024, at the age of 17. He was born on November 29, 2006, in Sulphur Springs, Texas, and grew up in Winnsboro, Texas, where he left a profound mark on the hearts of all who knew him.

Kale was the beloved son of Bret Robinson and Christan Wilson Robinson. He attended Winnsboro High School, where he was a proud member of the Class of 2025. His passion for fishing led him to numerous accolades, including winning the Texas Bass Nation High School State Fishing Championship in 2022 and qualifying for The National Championship in both 2022 and 2023. He was a valued member of several organizations, including the Winnsboro High School Fishing Team where he was an active member for 3 years, Texas High School Bass Association, and Texas Bass Nation. Kale’s love for the outdoors extended beyond fishing, as he enjoyed go-kart racing where he was the 2016 Winnsboro Kart Speedway track champion and the Lonestar Kart Nationals Champion in 2017 and 2021, deer hunting, playing golf with his friends and on the Winnsboro High School Golf Team and spending time in nature.

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