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Lake City High School Wins Idaho State Championship

The team of Lauren Torok and Kyler Fugate brought a five bass limit to the scales that weighed in at 15.17 lbs to win the Idaho State Championship on Saturday.

They slipped by Mountain View High Schools team of Anthony Mellow and Jason Felter who also had a five fish sack that weighed 11.32 lbs to finish second.

Torok and Fugate will advance on to the Western Conference Regional Championship at Clear Lake California in September.

Rollman and Aroca Win Utah State Championship

Utah Champions

Utah Champions

Tyler Rollman and Gaberial Aroca brought in a five fish limit that weighed in at 11;56 lbs to win the Utah High School state Championship on CJ Stike Reservoir.

The pair from Dessert High School will represent the state at the Western Conference Regional Championship at Clear Lake California in September with a chance to advance on to the TBF/FLE High School National Championship.

Finishing second in the event which was hosted by the Utah Bass Federation was the team of Katherine Rylee Hanson and CJ Martinez.

Michigan SAF State Championship Rescheduled

The Michigan SAF State Championship was canceled because of bad weather this past weekend.  If has been rescheduled for July 12th.  Registration is now open and will remain open until July 10th.


Broaddus High School Wins 2015 American Legion Sam Rayburn Open

Sam Rayburn Champions

Hunter Curry and Josh Russell

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.

Sam Rayburn Runner-up

Eli Dinger and Stephan Thomas

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.

Sam Rayburn top 5

Sam Rayburn Top Five Teams

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.


Shimano Experience Team visits the Potomac Open High School Tournament

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.

Potomac Falls High School Wins the Potomac River/Virginia State Championship

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.

VA Champion

1st Jordon Mazza and Richard Wellhouse

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.

2nd Bradley Gauldin and Austin Carter

2nd Bradley Gauldin and Austin Carter

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.

3rd  Christopher Butler and Brian Thomas

3rd Christopher Butler and Brian Thomas

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.



Guthmiller and Pavel are High School Fishing Champions


Tyler Guthmiller (left) and Brandon Pavel (Right) with 4 of their 5 bass catch

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 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 ejweeman@jacks.sdstate.edu or 605.491.0269.
Complete Results
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
Get all of your up-to-date information at www.SouthDakotaBass.com

Oklahoma – Eufaula Lake Tournament Canceled

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.

Eufaula Lake Information

Ozark High’s Combs and Satterly win Teen Anglers Championship

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.

Ozark High School anglers Dalton Combs (left) and Joe Satterly won the inaugural Teen Anglers Championship June 13-14 at Stockton Lake with a two-day catch of 10 bass weighing 21.99 pounds.

Ozark High School anglers Dalton Combs (left) and Joe Satterly won the inaugural Teen Anglers Championship June 13-14 at Stockton Lake with a two-day catch of 10 bass weighing 21.99 pounds.

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.

Top Ten

Top Ten

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.

2015 Championship CrowdHudson 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.

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