Hunter Curry and Josh Russell put together two very consistent days of fishing with 16lb 3oz sack on day one and backed that up with a limit of fish that tipped in at 17lb 7oz for a two day total of 33lb 10oz to win the final TBF/FLW Open event of the season. The win …View full post
High School teams participating at the recent Potomac Open/Virginia State Championship on the Potomac River near LaPlatta Maryland enjoyed viewing the new products and techniques offered by Erin Divelbiss and Blaine Anderson of the Shimano Tackle Company. The pair spent the entire evening with the anglers while demonstrating a host of new products.View full post
Jordon Mazza and his partner Richard Wellhouse used a little local lake knowledge to win the 2015 TBF/FLW Open Championship at Smallwood State Park in La Platta Maryland. Jordon who is going to be a senior next fall at Potomac High said they mainly used a swim jig in the grassy areas to catch most …View full post
June 14, 2015 Lake Mitchell The goal was simple; Catch and weigh the largest five smallmouth and largemouth bass you can catch in the six hours of completion. The team that weighed the largest bag of fish would be crowned the 2015 South Dakota High School Fishing State Champions. That’s exactly what Tyler Guthmiller (Madison …View full post
Hunter Curry and Josh Russell put together two very consistent days of fishing with 16lb 3oz sack on day one and backed that up with a limit of fish that tipped in at 17lb 7oz for a two day total of 33lb 10oz to win the final TBF/FLW Open event of the season. The win secured the pair a spot in the Southern Conference Regional Championship at Pine Bluff Arkansas in October.
“We used a combination of Senco’s and Rage Craws up in the tree tops and brush to catch most of our fish” stated Curry who will be a junior this coming year at Broaddus High School. “We moved around quite a bit today but we had one spot that held most of our bigger fish” cited Russell who has just recently graduated from Broaddus and will head out to serve our country in the Military in a few weeks. This is my last High School Tournament and it feels good to go out with a win added elder member of the winning team.
Finishing in second and also advancing on to Regional Competition was the team of Eli Dinger and Stephan Thomas from Colmesnail High School who had 30lb 11oz to finish second.
Finishing third and claiming the final Regional qualifying spot was the team of Logan Chaney and Mathew Myers from David Thibodaux Stem Magnet Academy who had 28lb 2oz of Sam Rayburn Bass.
Rounding out the top five were Breeann Sparks and Derek Clark from Buna High School who had a two day total of 26lb 12oz to claim the number 4 spot. Thomas Vardeman and Zaryon Price who also hail from Broaddus High School claimed the Number 5 spot with a very respectable 25lb 5oz bag.
The Lew’s Big Bass winners of the event were caught by the team of Chaney and Mathews and Curry and Russell who both had a pair of 7lb plus beauties to win a pair of Lew’s Bait Caster Reels.
The American Legion proved to be a terrific sponsor for the event as they proudly displayed the Honor and Remember Traveling tribute to fallen Soldiers from the state of Texas.
A special thanks goes out to Terry Sympson, the owner of Jackson Hill Marina, who hosted the Friday night registration meeting as well as teaming up with Chuck Phillips and a great group of local volunteers to auctioned off merchandise for scholarship prizes as well as providing tackle packages for the top teams.
High School teams participating at the recent Potomac Open/Virginia State Championship on the Potomac River near LaPlatta Maryland enjoyed viewing the new products and techniques offered by Erin Divelbiss and Blaine Anderson of the Shimano Tackle Company. The pair spent the entire evening with the anglers while demonstrating a host of new products.
Jordon Mazza and his partner Richard Wellhouse used a little local lake knowledge to win the 2015 TBF/FLW Open Championship at Smallwood State Park in La Platta Maryland.
Jordon who is going to be a senior next fall at Potomac High said they mainly used a swim jig in the grassy areas to catch most of their fish. He added that they used a wide variety of colors but the darker baits seemed to be a little more effective. “Although we only got to pre-fish a couple of days, this river is basically our home water so we are glad we did well here “stated Mazza.“We would catch a few and then they would shut off” added Wellhouse who just recently graduated. “I think our two biggest keys to success were sticking with the swim jig and paying attention to the tide” offered Wellhouse as the two tried to get a little relief from the high heat and ultra-high humidity that blanketed the area.
The pair will lead a three team contingency from Virginia to the Northern Conference Regional Championship in September on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.
Finishing just a tick off of the lead and also advancing on to the Conference Championship was the duo of Bradley Gauldin and Austin Carter from Chatham High School. They also had a 5 fish limit that weighed 12lbs 1oz to narrowly miss the title and finish second.
Claiming the third qualifying berth was the team of Christopher Butler and Brian Thomas from Brentsville District High School who also had a limit that tipped in at 11lb 14oz to finish third.
Rounding out the top five were Jacob Siggers and Logan Reynolds from Partick County High School who had 10lb 5oz bag to finish fourth and Jacob Lambert and Kile Quick from Broadway High and Stuarts Draft High School who had 10lb 3oz on a five fish limit.
Special thanks go out to Erin Divelbiss and Blaine Anderson from the Shimano Experience Team and the FLW Outdoor staff of AC and Lisa Campbell and Brad Callahan as well as several other local volunteers.
June 14, 2015
The goal was simple; Catch and weigh the largest five smallmouth and largemouth bass you can catch in the six hours of completion. The team that weighed the largest bag of fish would be crowned the 2015 South Dakota High School Fishing State Champions.
That’s exactly what Tyler Guthmiller (Madison High School) and Brandon Pavel (Yankton High School) became on June 14th during this tournament held by the South Dakota Bass Federation on Lake Mitchell. Four teams of two launched out and did their best to earn the win and although it was a fairly good day on the water for most, Guthmiller and Pavel were crowned Champions.
Guthmiller and Pavel have now qualified to compete in the High School Fishing Central Conference Championships on Lake Carlyle, Illinois on September 12th. They will compete against the top high school teams from 13 different states with hopes of qualifying for the 2016 High School Fishing World Finals.
Harry Ladner, the coach for the champions, said, “These guys really listened to me. They don’t have a lot of experience fishing for bass, but they worked hard and took advice well.”
High School Fishing is growing nationwide and all information on this event and future events can be found at SouthDakotaBass.com. For further comments or questions please contact South Dakota Bass Federation Youth Director Eric Weeman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 605.491.0269.
1st – Tyler Guthmiller and Brandon Pavel 5 Fish 12 Pounds 12 Ounces
2nd – Trey Doom and Zach Brown 5 Fish 10 Pounds 9 Ounces
3rd – Aaron Johnson and Zach Ledeboer 1 Fish 1 Pound 12 Ounces
4th – Evan Weeman and Dillion Chelma 0 Fish
Questions? Contact Lance Hildebrandt at 605.280.9365 or Lance@southdakotabass.com
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The Sequoyah Bass Club regrets to announce that the tournament scheduled for June 20, 2015 has been canceled due to high water. The Eufaula Lake area has had record amounts of rain fall in May – June and more rain is in the forecast. This tournament might be rescheduled for a later date, but that has not yet been set.
Stockton, Mo.—After top five finishes by Ozark High School teams in all three qualifying events, Ozark’s Dalton Combs and Joe Satterly finally sealed the deal for their school by winning the Teen Anglers Championship June 13-14 at Stockton Lake.
In previous Teen Angler events, Ozark teams finished fourth at Lake of the Ozarks, fifth at Table Rock and Combs and Satterly placed fourth at the Stockton qualifier. This time Combs and Satterly topped a field of 79 teams from 25 schools with a two-day catch of 21.99 pounds to win the inaugural championship. They each collected a $1,500 scholarship from Lew’s and earned the first big bass award (two $500 gift certificates to Sportsman’s Factory Outlet) with a 6.50-pound largemouth. Lew’s provided $10,000 in scholarship money to the top five finishing teams and $2,000 in gift certificates to its Sportsman’s Factory Outlet for the three big bass awards.
The first competition day Combs and Satterly weighed in a five-fish limit totaling only 8.79 pounds and held 24th place in the standings. “We hit points that were really deep and caught a bunch of keepers but we just couldn’t get the right ones,” Combs said.
They caught all of their fish on a 3/16-ounce shaky jighead with a watermelon candy Zoom Trick Worm. “We would shake it then give a long pause and usually when we would go back to shaking the fish would be on there,” Combs said.
The second day they employed the same technique to catch their limit by 10 a.m. “We tried switching up going to deeper water and bigger lures,” said Satterly. They culled out two fish and finished the day with 13.20 pounds to clinch the championship.
Republic High’s Brandon Durr and Hunter Gill finished second and each earned $1,250 in scholarship money with 10 largemouth bass weighing 21.87 pounds. “Stockton’s not necessarily our home lake but we do get to come up here pretty often,” Gill said. “We got to practice Thursday and it was pretty tough but we found out what we were going to do Friday.” Durr said. They caught their fish both days on either 1/4-ounce shaky jigheads with a green pumpkin Zero worms or 7/16-ounce shaky jigheads with green pumpkin magnum finesse worms dragged slowly along main lake points and drop-offs 15 feet deep.
Hudson Lee and Trent Distiller of Helias Catholic High School placed third with eight bass weighing 21.83 and received $1,000 each in scholarship money. They led the tournament the first day with a 15.30-limit but fell to third after catching only three keepers weighing 6.53 the final day. Both days the Helias anglers threw Zara Spooks and buzz baits in the morning and followed up with shaky head worms and jigs in the afternoon. They found their fish in scattered brush about 6 to 15 feet deep.
Hillcrest High’s Garrett Moeller and Ashley Ruggles settled into fourth place with 21.13 pounds and collected $750 apiece in scholarship money. Moeller noted the first day they caught their fish throwing horsehead jigs with Arkansas shiner Keitech swimbaits and crankbaits and flipping Texas-rigged 10-inch plastic worms to riprap around bridges. Ruggles said the fishing was “a lot tougher” the second day when they had to catch their fish flipping 10-inch worms to flooded bushes 1 to 3 feet deep.
Finishing fifth with 20.05 pounds and receiving $500 each in scholarship money was the Republic High team of Jace Houchin and Colton Mease. They caught all of their fish both days on spinnerbaits, Pigsticker jigs, and shaky head jigs along wind-blown bluff ends. The Republic anglers also won the third big bass award of two $200 gift certificates with a 5.56-pounder. The second big bass award of two $300 gift certificates went to Logan-Rogersville High’s Garrett Jernigan and Tad Mitchell with a 5.93-pound largemouth.
The raffle ticket drawing to raise money for a Teen Anglers scholarship fund was held after the Day 2 weigh-in. Leon Holt of Springfield was the winner of the 2014 Ford F150 XL pickup truck.
Defending High School National Champion Tyler Black didn’t take long to find a new partner in Logan Anderson and the result was the same as the pair from Bandy’s High School captured the 2015 North Carolina High School State Championship on Saturday at Lake Norman near Charlotte, NC.
A group of thirty six High School teams took to the waters of Lake Norman on Sunday to try and qualify for the Southeast Regional Championship coming up in September. A total of three teams would catch enough to advance to this event. Even with temperatures above 90, these students still caught plenty of fish, to bring to the scales. Black and Anderson brought in a limit of fish weighing 13.15 pounds to capture first place. Right behind them, in second place, was Conner Usher & Corey Lassiter from the Bass Warriors, with 12.08 pounds. The last qualifier was the team of Noah Howard & Brady Trueheart with 10.10 pounds.
Most all of the teams that weighed fish, said they caught a large portion of their fish on a shakey head or a jig, while fishing around docks. A few anglers also caught fish on a Carolina rig and a swim jig as well. Even on such a hot day, there were still twelve limits brought in by these young anglers.
There were also three anglers competing in the TBF Junior program. Hunter White brought in a nice limit of fish that weighed 8.14 pounds to take the Junior Championship title and advance to the Junior World Championship in Hot Springs Arkansas where he will once again represent the state in his third attempt to win that coveted crown of Junior World Champion. Brayden Mueller finished second with 1.07 pounds & Benett Bauer finished third. These young guys were also catching their fish on shakey head jigs as well.
Registration is open and the field continues to grow as the city of Florence Alabama readies itself for the onslaught of High School Anglers from across the country who will be attending the pinnacle of all high school fishing events, the 2015 High School Fishing World Finals!
The nation’s largest and longest running High School Championship event will converge on Pickwick and Wilson reservoirs for the 2015 version of the annual summer classic which pits two person High School teams from across the country against each other for the chance to be crowned World Champion and claim thousands in scholarship and prizes! ALL SAF members are eligible to attend the week long family event.
“The High School World Finals is without a doubt the event that started it all and has led to more high school fishing anglers, teams and trails starting up than any other” stated TBF National Youth Director Mark Gintert. “A lot of high school teams and organizations can trace their roots to some member of their group making the trip to the very first world finals held in Russellville Arkansas in 2010. From there the SAF has grown to the industry leader and the largest High School Fishing organization there is.” added Gintert.
The four day HSFWF has a very unique structure that has all of the anglers competing for three days in a format that is designed to keep everyone in the game until the final day. Twenty one teams will advance to Saturday’s final round through either the semi-final or consolation rounds and someone will win the crown of High School Fishing World Finals Champion! Combine that with a great registration meeting banquet and a week ending pizza party/ concert for the anglers and you have the makings of a terrific family vacation.
Registration for the HSFWF is now open and all High School Anglers worldwide can attend.
To register, anglers only need to be a member of the Student Angler Federation (SAF) which is as easy as completing the online registration for the event at Highchoolfishing.org. Click on the link below to register.
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Thomas McKay and Chase Therrell outsmarted five nice bass from the Tenn-Tom waterway that weighed in at 9.58lbs to win the Mississippi State Bass Fishing Championship at the Aberdeen Marina. The pair of anglers from the Bulldog Bass Club narrowly edged by the team of Victoria Flynn and James McCain who also had five in their bag that weighed 9.02lbs to finish in the runner-up spot. Rounding out the top three teams who all qualified for the Southeastern Conference Regional Championship in Gainesville GA, were the duo of Garrett McWilliams and Dalton Jones who only had four fish but it was enough to claim the third spot with 7.94lbs.
Austin Bagwell and JR Smith won the Big Bass Award for the event with a 4.30lb toad that claimed the Big Bass Prize of a new Grill provided by the Aberdeen Marina.
All of the participating anglers are also invited to attend the High School World Finals in Florence Alabama in the week of July 7th-11th. This event is open to all SAF Anglers to attend and you can register at the link below.