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 …View full post
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 …View full post
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 …View full post
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ORDER OF FINISH
|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
One 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.
Second 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.
Oakley Connor and Daniel Clark tied both tied on a frog and worked the Lake Marion Grass all day to catch a very nice limit of bass the tipped the scales at 23lbs 9oz to win the South Carolina High School State Championship.
“The morning bite was good for us” stated the smiling pair who stayed fairly close to the John C. Land Boating center launch point. The big bag was anchored by a 6lb 14oz toad that propelled the duo to the South East Conference Regional Championship at Lake Lanier in September. That fish also claimed the Lew’s Big Bass award which won the pair a two terrific Lew’s Reels for their efforts.
Finishing in second place was the team of Eric Glenn and Nathan McPherson from Berkeley High School who also had a very respectable bag of Santee Cooper bass that weighed 16lbs event to punch their ticket to the fall regional as well.
Coming in third was the tandem of Sean Hall and Kyler McKie from North Augusta High School who had a 4 fish sack that tipped at 13lbs to also advance to post season play. The SAF Championship series advances the top 10% of each field on to regional competition where they will then compete for a berth in the High School National Championship.
Right behind in fourth place was the team of Carter McNeil and Daelyn Whaley of Abbeville High School who also had four fish that weighed in at 12lb 7oz. That weight kept them just ahead of fifth place finishers Trenton Hastings and James Trotter who had three very nice fish that weighed 12lbs 3oz to claim the fifth spot on the leader board.
Rounding out final qualifying spot was the team of Jordon Cole and Benjamin Grice who used a 6lb 3oz beauty to carry them to a 10lb 11oz bag and a trip to Gainesville Georgia where the regional event will be held at Laurel Park on September 26th.
Special thanks go out to the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce and Mr. Nelson Walker as well as the South Carolina Bass Federation and their president Rich Gerkin who served as bump master for the 62 team event.