Republic High’s Gill and Durr win Table Rock finale

Kimberling City, Mo.—Republic High School continued its domination of Missouri high school bass tournaments with another victory in the Teen Anglers circuit season finale May 16 at Table Rock Lake.

Republic’s Brandon Durr and Hunter Gill teamed up to top a 94-boat field with a five-fish limit weighing 12.33 pounds.  The same two anglers won the Missouri High School Fall Classic Bass Tournament at Lake of the Ozarks last October and were instrumental in helping Republic win the 2014 Bass Pro Shops Open Championship of High School Fishing at Table Rock.  A Republic team of Gerald Snook and Josh Perkins also won the previous Teen Anglers event April 11 at Stockton Lake.


Republic High School anglers Hunter Gill and Brandon Durr won the Teen Anglers circuit season finale at Table Rock Lake with a five-fish limit weighing 12.33 pounds.

Chasing schooling bass was the key to victory for Durr and Gill at Table Rock. “When it was cloudy we threw Zara Spooks and when it was sunny we were sticking with spoons and catching fish under the surface then,” Gill said.

Durr and Gill found their fish the Wednesday before the tournament when they fished a tournament at Cape Fair.  “We did pretty good up the James River so we kind of got the gut feeling to start up there,”  said Durr, who recalled they had a limit by 8 a.m. “We culled all day long and probably had three or four limits of fish.”

The Republic anglers fished main lake structure and kept their boat over depths of 30 feet. Durr estimated the fish were suspended 15 to 20 feet deep.

Gill noted they experimented with the retrieve speed of their Spooks when the fish were surfacing. “One of us would work it a little faster and one of us would work it a little slower but it really didn’t matter,” he said.  When the surface activity subsided, Gill used a 1/2-ounce Dixie Jett Spoon while Durr relied on a Jewel Bait Company Scuba Spoon to continue catching schooling bass.

“If they were schooling and we were just catching Kentuckies,  after we had a limit we tried to leave those fish and find other schooling fish that had largemouth in it,” said Gill.   Their winning bag included three largemouth and two smallmouth bass.

Ava High School angler Cody Huff fished solo in the season finale and finished second with an 11.92-pound limit consisting of four smallmouth and one quality largemouth.  “I ended up throwing topwaters (Zara Spooks and Red Fins) all day long and ended up catching the fish I needed,” said Huff, who recently received a scholarship to fish for the Bethel College bass team.

Huff followed around one school of fish by either locating the school on his electronics or watching for busting fish.  “I just waited for them to get active,” he said.

The Glendale High duo of Jack Rankin and Mason McDonald took third place with an 11.63 limit.  They caught one keeper on a Red Fin in their first 30 minutes of fishing but then switched to the small jig and stickworm combo known as the Ned Rig.  “The first one we caught was a keeper and from then on they just kept on coming and we ended up catching eight keepers on the Ned Rig,” Rankin said.  McDonald noted they kept their boat over a depth of 20 feet and cast their Ned Rigs to pea gravel banks.

Fourth place went to Nixa High anglers Brett Linville and Evan Ouellette who weighed in an 11.52 limit.  They caught most of their fish slowly dragging a green pumpkin tube bait with a 1/4-ounce jighead along secondary points and deep pockets, according to Ouellette. Linville said he caught one quality bass fishing the tube around a boat dock.

Ozark High’s Austin Thrap and Tristan Cunninham brought in an 11.17-pound limit to finish fifth. Thrap noted they caught all of their fish bouncing or dragging 5/16-ounce Ned Rigs and 7/16-ounce wobble head jigs with Jackall Cover Craws around docks along pea gravel and chunk rock banks.

The big bass of the tournament weighing 3.67 pounds was caught by Willard High’s Austin Ware and Drew Underhill.

Winning Anglers of the Year honors were Hillcrest High’s Ashley Ruggles and Garrett Moeller who finished with 618 points.

The Teen Anglers Championship will be held June 13-14 at Stockton Lake.

For more results from the Table Rock season finale or information about the Teen Anglers circuit, visit

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Lakeside High School Wins Eufaula Open

Abigail Montgomery and John Gray led Lakeside High School to the Alabama SAF State Championship and Eufaula Open win at Lake Point Marina last week. The pair toppled a 57 boat field that had anglers from five different states competing for the rights to advance on to the Southeastern Conference Regional at Lake Lanier Georgia in September. The smiling pair put together a nice five bass limit that weighed 11lbs 3oz to secure the win.

Alabama Top Two TeamsFinishing second, just four ounces behind, was the team of Laura Ann Foshee and DJ Barber who also had a five fish sack that weighed 10lbs 15 oz. to nail down the runner up spot.

Also securing a qualifying spot was the team of Ethan Greene and Cody Lynn who had a five fish bag that weighed 10lb 13 oz to finish third and narrowly edge out the fourth and final qualifying spot that was captured by Zeke Gossett and Ryan Shields. This duo is seeking to claim another trip to the TBF National Championship where they finished fifth a few short weeks ago at Grand Lake Oklahoma.

The event served as the State Championship for the Students from Alabama and also an Open event for any teams across the country to attend as part of the TBF/FLW High School Championship series. To advance on the open side a team from any location had to finish in the top three overall while the top 10% of the Alabama Field automatically advanced as well.

Special thanks goes out to the FLW Staff that was led by long time Tournament Director Bill Taylor for hosting the event and Lake Point Resort Marina for being such a gracious host.

Oklahoma SAF Tournament June 20th


2015 SAF Maine State Championship

BUCKSPORT— Silver Lake in Bucksport was the site of the 2015 SAF Maine State High School Bass Fishing Championship on Saturday, May 9, 2015. The day started as a cold, cloudy 37° morning. As it warmed up to the 50s, the fish started biting. Then the catching, culling and releasing began.

The bass fishing team of Hunter Pate and Jacob Gauvin successfully defended their 2014 title with a weigh-in of 12.27 pounds. Pate, of Orrington, is a senior at John Bapst Memorial High School. Gauvin, of Bucksport, is a junior at Bucksport High School. Gauvin also caught the biggest fish of the day, a 4.14 lb. smallmouth. Both young men have been fishing competitively for the past three years with the Bangor Bass Club and the Outcast Bass Club.

Coming in second place this year were first-time competitors, Tyler Heath and Jacob Wilson of Bucksport High School. Their five-fish bag netted 9.37 pound.

Pate and Gauvin will now represent Maine in the Conference Championship September 18-19 on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire. They will be competing with the top high school bass fishermen from CT, DE, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, ON, PA, RI, VT and VA.

Complete Results

Miller and Pitts win California State Championship

Bethel Island, California
May 10, 2015

Thirty three High School teams showed up today out of Russo’s Marina on Bethel Island to tackle the fishing on the California Delta.  These waters have been hit hard over the last to weeks with major tournaments but the kids show their skills by producing 29 limits out of the 33 teams fishing and all of the teams weighed fish.  At the end of the day the team of Mike Miller and Alec Pitts, from Analy High School, caught 5 fish weighing 18 pounds 3 ounces to capture 1st place.  Brandon DeVincenzi and Josh Shapland, from Liberty High School took 2nd Place with 17 pounds 1 ounce and Ronald Rivers Jr. and Roy Asi, from Freedom High School, finished in 3rd place also weighing 17 pounds 1 ounce.


Greenlee Brothers Win Ohio State Championship

Twin brothers Kyle and Caleb Greenlee from Galia Academy in Southern Ohio brought a nice five bass limit to the scales that weighed 11lb 14oz to win the Ohio High School State Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s on Alum Creek Reservoir in Columbus Ohio.

“We stayed pretty close to the launch ramp area most of the day” stated Kyle. “We caught most of our fish in the morning on watermelon colored Zingers and Poppers” added the smiling freshmen who led the 47 boat field of anglers on the day. “We really want to thank coach Todd May for helping us today” quipped Caleb. “He kept us focused and I think that was the key to winning for us”.

The brother duo will lead a four team contingent of anglers who advanced to the Central Conference Regional Competition which will be held at Lake Carlyle Illinois in September.

Finishing second by the narrowest of margins was the team Ethan Woodie and Zach Michael from Coshocton High School who also had a five fish sack that came in at 11lb 13oz to claim the runner-up spot.  Their bag was anchored by a 5lb 5oz toad that also captured the Lew’s Big Bass Award for the event.

Coming in third was the team of Cole Wessner and Dan Hechler from Cincinnati Colerain High School who also had a five fish sack that weighed 10lb 14oz. That was just enough to keep them ahead of the fourth and final qualifying spot that was captured by the Whitaker brothers, Cody and Kyle, from Field High School who also had five fish that weighed in at 10lb 3oz to secure a berth in the fall regional.

Special thanks go out to Nick Jameson and Cabela’s in the nearby Gemini Shopping complex who hosted the anglers with a terrific evening at registration on Friday. We would also like to thank the Ohio Bass Federation for their volunteers and support which helped the event go off without a hitch on a beautiful Ohio day.

Complete Results


Scroggins & Portch claim Washington State High School Team Championship.

Cully Scroggins of R.A. Long high school in Longview Washington is finishing his final year on a high note with winning the state championship after signing with Bethel University of Tennessee for a four year bass fishing scholarship.  Nathan Portch a junior at University high school of Spokane was the 2014 Washington Junior State Champion and will have another year to possibly become Washington’s first two time TBF state champion next year.

Pot Holes Reservior was the site this year of the largest number of teams since the inception of the state high school championship. Fourteen teams took to the water with the weather sunny and mild with the water temperatures pushing the fish up shallow to spawn in numbers.

Nathan and Cully along with Nathans dad Jason went deep into the dunes to work beds and site fish in an area they had come across while pre-fishing, a couple of hours in and they were culling to upgrade their weight  to 18.40 when they ran into second place finishers Carl Jackson & Brodie Trapp, 2014 State Champions who were also working bedding fish they too had found in practice in the same part of the lake.

Brodie, Carl and Carl’s dad Jeff ended up within sight of Nathan & Cully the last few hours of their day comparing catches from a distance to see what size fish each were keeping . They ended up second with 17.39.

Little did they know how close they were to being third place?  Brandon Beutler, Blair Peters and his dad Mike had a slow morning and struggled the first part of the day. They cycled a couple of areas  that replenished with fish that were moving up and finished the day with 17.37 just shy of second place and had the big fish of the tournament with a 4.85 large mouth.

Thanks to all our sponsors  Spokane Valley Marine, Lake City Western Vigilantes’, Strike King lures, C & M Trophies, Dobyns Rods, St. Croix,  Jon’s N.W. outdoors,  Cabela’s, Big hawg baits , The Prop Shop, Three rivers marine, interstate batteries, Vicious fishing,  Nixons marine ,KGM baits and the Washington National Guard. All teams weighed fish.


1 Cully Scroggins & Nathan Portch 18.4
2 Carl Jackson & Brodie Trapp 17.39
3 Blair Peters & Brandon  Beutler 17.37
4 Trevor Huff & Clay Washo 15.74
5 Austin Zetty & Garrett Robertson 14.77
6 Brayden Liebo & Trey Hartley 12.77
7 Cooper Callahan &James Morton 12.69
8 Dawson Pudelko & Bradley Debo 11.18
9 Jarrod Haddican & Tyson Karstetter 10.42
10 Austin Wiley & Ryan Wiegman 10.19
11 Jordan Plank & Trystan Wallace 8.96
12 Payden Kent & Jacob Rossey 4.15
13 Tanner Boday & Cole Talbert 4.06
14 Max Hamack &Austin Yancey 3.7

Brandon Jensen and Thomas Chen of Centennial High School win the TBF Oregon High School State Championships

Chen and Thomas worked all day to find a limit of bass on the Willamette River. The spring spawn was in full swing on the river. The team had located a bunch of bedded bass in shallow backwaters that was enough for the win. Using a mix of tubes and jigs they were able to catch a 5 fish limit weighing in at 10.71 pounds.

Second place was the team of Tabor Magnuson and Wyatt Garrison of the Yamhill Carlton High Tigers with a 5 fish limit weighing in at 9.54 pounds.

Third place was the team of Logan Degree and Isaac Steigman of the Ridgeview High School Bass Masters with a 5 fish limit weighing in at 8.50 pounds

Arkansas High School State Championship on Lake Dardanelle

1stOne thing is for sure, with 120 teams in the Arkansas High School State Championship tournament, you were going to need to catch some quality fish if you expected to advance onto the next level.  From the 120 boat field at Lake Dardanelle, the top 10% of the Arkansas High School teams would advance to the Southern Conference Final in October.  As it turned out it would take just one ounce shy of 11 pounds to make the top 12 cut.

CJ Brustrom & partner William Carpenter of Cedar Ridge High School came out on top as the overall winners with a nice limit of bass weighing 16.12 pounds.  Their first place weight was anchored by the biggest bass of the tournament, a big 5.40 pound largemouth, earning them 2 Lew’s Spinning Reels.  Most of the anglers reported fishing to be tough as they were on the water the day after the BFL was on Dardanelle at the same location.  However, it still took good weights to finish near the top of the leader board.
2ndSecond place was taken by Zach Ingram & Chase Galloway from Heber Springs High School with 15.01 pounds.  Finishing third and also taking the highest finishing SAF Team honor was the team of Colton Day & Jake White of River Valley High School.  Their weight was 14.01 pounds.  Fourth place belonged to Layton Lovell & Jordan Bumpous from Cedar Ridge High School with 13.15 pounds.  Rounding out the top five was Nick Kuras & Fisher Thomas with 13.01 pounds.  When asked about how they caught their fish, most of the top teams were pretty much doing the same thing.  They were having to use a variety of baits to catch a limit of fish, and they were having to weed through a lot of little fish in order to find the keeper fish.  Some of the most popular baits were a white spinnerbait, a jig, a plastic worm, a buzzbait, a topwater frog and a crankbait.  Most anglers were barely able to fill the 5 bass limit as only a few anglers reported catching more than five keeper fish.

The remaining qualifiers for the Southern Conference Final were as follows: six place was Tyler Dobbs & Greywolf Burch from the Highland Rebels with 12-15 pounds, seventh place went to Phillip Gottsponer & Cole Bottoms from the Perryville Mustangs with 12.11 pounds, eighth place was Jacob English & Chris Hildreth Jr from North Pulaski High School with 12.03 pounds, ninth place was the team of Sawyer Floyd & Brandon Paladino from the Vilonia Eagles with 11.05 pounds, tenth place belonged to Chase Myers & Carl Swede from Arkansas SAF with 11.03 pounds, eleventh place was Jonathan Dotson & Logan Kreamers from River Valley High School with 11.01 pounds and the final qualifying spot, in twelfth place went to Konnor McKay & Trey Slater from the WHS Waterdogs with 10.15 pounds.  All in all, it was a great day for high school fishing as 22 teams weighed in a five fish limit and 78 of the 120 teams weighed in at least one fish.

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