NEW SC SAF TOURNAMENT TRAIL ANNOUNCED

2016 -2017 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

 

JULY 9- SANTEE COOPER – JOHN C. LAND LANDING

AUGUST 6 – LAKE MURRAY – SHULL ISLAND/LARRY KOON LANDING

SEPTEMBER 17 – LAKE HARTWELL – GREEN POND LANDING   

OCTOBER 1 – COOPER RIVER – SHORT STAY RECREATION RAMP

MARCH 4 – SANTEE COOPER – JOHN C. LAND LANDING

APRIL 1 – LAKE WATEREE – STATE PARK               

MAY 6  **TBA – CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND**

(REVISED 7/1-2016)

***FOR MORE INFO CONTACT TONY GRAY***

Phone: 803-534-1720

Email:SCTOURNAMENTTRAIL@AOL.COM

Friends Accident Motivates Porter and Jennings to High School Fishing World Finals Championship

Friends Accident Motivates Porter and Jennings to High School Fishing World Finals Championship.

In one of the most exciting finishes in High School Fishing World Finals history, Peyton Porter and Coleton Jennings representing Calloway and Marshal County High Schools in Western Kentucky came from behind to win the most coveted crown in all of High School Fishing. The pair dedicated winning their world Champions titles to a former teammate Dalton Cooksey, who now fishes the FLW Tour and who was injured in a car accident just one week ago. “We made it our goal to try and go out and win this for Dalton” stated Jennings. He is one of my best friends and we are just thrilled we were able to get it done!

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Qualifying for the final day by finishing second in the consolation round the team went out as  boat #12 and the Kentucky pair made a long run to the far end of Pickwick Lake. Once at their spot they threw a variety of baits to catch an impressive 26lb 3oz limit of bass. That put them squarely in the McFarland Park Stage “Hot Seat” where they had to watch the remainder of the contestant weigh-in one by one to see if they could hold onto the top spot.

Then it came down to the last team of the event to weigh in, it was their biggest obstacle of the entire event in the form of the Walker Brothers from Hardin County High School who had been on fire all week. Cole and Cort had led each of the first three days with impressive sacks of fish and they would not disappoint the crowd on this day either.

The overflow crowd grew silent as the Walker brothers weight of 23lb 6oz locked in on the scales and was officially called. That weigh took less than a second to settle in with the crowd and ignited a cheering frenzy from the Kentucky contingency who had made the drive down from Western KY to watch Porter and Jennings compete. The Walker Brother gracious both congratulated Porter and Jennings and stated that they two teams had become friends over the last couple of years and added “If they couldn’t win they were happy to see them take the honors.”

Coming in third with an equally impressive sack was the team of Luke Glasscow and Gavin Hays from Alabama’s Marion County High School. They had a limit that tipped in at 20lb 14oz.

Finishing just behind them was the team of Wesley Holt and Colby Miller from Oak Hill High School in Louisiana. Their limit weighed 18lbs 10oz to claim the number 4 spot in the event.

Just three ounces behind was the team of Isaac Duncan and Jack Kelly from Mississippi’s North Pike Fishing team. Their sack weighed 18lb 7oz to round out the top five.

Special thanks go out to the City of Florence Alabama and the Lauderdale County Extension Office for once again being a terrific host for the event which saw teams from 22 different states travel to the scenic river town which has a terrific music history as well as a wide array of family attractions.

The Florence Fire and Rescue boat also provided an invaluable service in getting anglers with engine trouble off the water during the event.

HIGH SCHOOL FISHING LIVE!

2016 HIGH SCHOOL FISHING WORLD FINALS

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LIVE streaming weigh-ins are planned for the 2016 High School Fishing World Finals on Pickwick Lake, LIVE from McFarland Park in Florence, AL.

Weigh in video stream will go LIVE right before the first fish is weighed in!

Day 1 , 2, 3 and 4 results and weigh in videos are all posted to the HSFWF

Home Page HERE

 

 

Two For Two, Walker Brothers Continue To Pace The Field

Day 2 of High School World Finals, Walker Brothers Continue to Pace the Field

As in anything in life, to be a world champion is not an easy task, you have to preform every time and every day. One mistake, one missed step, missed shot or missed hook set, could cost you the title. World Champions give it there all every day, every time, with no excuses.

Hardin County High School anglers Cort and Cole Walker are on a World Championship pace as they brought in another solid limit of Pickwick Bass today and continue to lead the field in the 2016 High School World Finals at McFarland Park in Florence Alabama. Their 5 fish limit of 15lb 5oz gave them a two day total of 41 lbs. 12 oz. which sets them solidly atop the 184 boat field. That weight advances them into tomorrow’s semi-final round which takes off at 5:30am tomorrow (Friday) morning.

In the High School Fishing World Finals format the top two teams from each state after the initial two days move into the semi-final round while all the other competitors continue to compete as well in a second chance consolation round. At the end of the day tomorrow the top ten semi-final weights will automatically advance to Saturday’s Final round. There they will be joined by the next ten heaviest weights which could come from the semi-final or the consolation round. The weights are zeroed before tomorrow’s action starts so it is still anybody’s game.

Moving up the leader board on day two was another Tennessee duo as Dylan Dunnagan and Caleb Baggett brought in a very nice 22lb 5oz limit of fish to spring into the runner-up spot overall and claim the second semi-final berth for Tennessee. Their two day total of 35lb 12oz has them second overall as well.

Nick Wynne and Kile Baker from Alabama also made a big move day as they brought limit that proved to be the day’s heaviest bag at 23lb 12oz. They claimed a semi-final round qualifying spot and a good confidence builder with a total weight of 33lb 13oz.

Zane Loveday and Quinton Dorough from the Chelsea High School Hornet Fishing team stayed very consistent with their effort. After catching 15lb 8oz on day one they came right back with a 16lb 12 oz effort today to wrap up the second qualifying spot in the semi-final round and fourth overall with their two day total of 32lb 4oz.

Rounding out the top five after the two day slug fest was the team of Hunter Muncrief and Landen McCary from West Sabine Texas. They also remained consistent with their 15lb 12oz bag and a two day total of 31lb 13oz. They also advanced in to the semi-final round as the top team from Texas.

Friday is what National Youth Director Mark Gintert calls “Judgement Day” Gintert went on to explain it this way . “This format gives all the competitors from every state a great opportunity to spend two equal days on the water. But regardless of whether you have advanced to the semi-final or are fishing in the consolation round, Friday is the day that you absolutely must catch fish to advance to Saturday’s Final round”!

Day three action begins at 5:30am at McFarland Park with the consolation round weigh-in starting at 1:00pm and the Semi-Final Round action starting at 2:30pm.

 

 

 

Déjà vu……Limits Abound, Record Attendance, and the Walker Brothers Lead the Opening Day of the High School World Finals, Again.

Deja vu,

Limits abound with over half the field bringing in a five fish limit.Deja vu

At Tuesday nights registration another record crowd, we handed out all 1500 wrist bands we had printed( and had to borrow more locally!) for Friday nights pizza party scheduled for the nearly 600 participants (2 anglers, boat captains per team) and their family attending the week long world finals event from 22 states. Deja vu.

And for the second year in a row, the day 1 weigh in concluded with brothers Cole and Court Walker pacing the opening day field at beautiful Pickwick Lake in Florence Alabama. The pair from Tennessee’s Hardin County High school brought in a five fish limit that rocked the McFarland Park weigh-in stage with a 26lb 7oz effort to secure the top day 1 spot amidst the field.d1 HSFWF leaders

 

Right behind them was Nathan Stamper and John Lusk from Columbus Christian Academy in Indiana. Their limit tipped in at 21lb 2oz to hold down the runner-up position. Their bag was anchored by a 9lb 1oz Pickwick whopper that was also the day’s biggest bass and currently leads the Lew’s Big bass award.

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Claiming the number three spot was Blayke Haggard and Kolby Frazier from Oklahoma.

d1 3rdTheir limit weighed 16lb 15oz to edge out Lawrence County Tennessee’s Drey Long and Austin Clanton who brought in a 16lb 14oz bag that has them sitting in the fourth position.

Rounding out the top five was the duo of Logan Parks and Lucas Lindsay from Auburn Alabama. Their limit tipped in at 16lb 4oz for the day.

In the most unique format if all of tournament fishing and patterned after most other high school sports tournaments, the top two teams from each state advance on to Friday’s semi-final competition while the rest of the field drops into a consolation round in an attempt to fish their way to Saturday’s 21 team final round.

Day two of the four day event will kick off at 5:30am tomorrow at McFarland Park. Weigh in begins promptly at 1:30 pm and is free to the public.

 

For full standings check out the results page HERE

 

Menominee High School Hosts Open Event

Hosting School: Menominee High School, Menominee MI 49858
Purpose:Fundraiser / showcase our team to community and sponsors
Entry Fee: $25 per non SAF angler (free for all SAF)
When: July 2, 2016 @ 6am-3pm
Where: River Park Boat Launch in Menominee Mi
Reg. Deadline: 7am, July 2
Contact: Coleton Kotecki @ 715-923-6778 or koteckicoleton@gmail.com

DELUCA’S WIN MISSOURI HIGH SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

June 27, 2016

IMG_0177Johnny and Tony Deluca put together a five fish limit weighing 11 pounds 2 ounces to win the SAF Missouri High School Fishing State Championship on Truman Lake.  The pair targeted gravel, stumps and docks using a combination of baits, including a chatterbait, spinnerbait and a square bill crankbait to find their winning limit.

The team was awarded the championship titles, trophies and a slot in the Southern Conference Championship where they will also be provided custom jerseys.  The championship event will be held in Shreveport, La. in October.

IMG_0179Coming in second, was the veteran team of Trey Schroeder and Grant Nisbit with a limit of bass weighing 9 pounds 8 ounces. Rounding out the top three was the team of Corbin Mertgen and Heath Renno who had three Truman lake bass that weighed 5 pounds 9 ounces.

Special thanks go out to the Bucksaw Marina for hosting the event, as well as, the Missouri TBF for providing assistance.

The 2016 Missouri State Championship was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12. The top 10 percent from each TBF/FLW state championship field and the top three teams from each of the seven TBF/FLW Opens will advance to a Conference Championship event.  The top 10 percent of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, in the spring of 2017. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 scholarship to the school of their choice.

IMG_0182In addition to the state, conference and national championship events, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide qualify for the world’s largest high school fishing, standalone, championship event, the 2016 High School Fishing World Finals. The 2016 World Finals is this week on Pickwick Reservoir in Florence, Ala., with over $60,000 in scholarships and prizes up for grabs.  Click here for more details.

 

NORTHWEST GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL ANGLERS ASSOCIATION CONTINUES TO GROW

High School Fishing is alive and well in North West Georgia & the NWGHSAA is a big reason why.

The North West Georgia High School Anglers Association was formed two years ago by Chris Townsend and several other individuals who make up their Board of Directors.  The group saw their numbers grow from 70 anglers and 35 boats in 2015 to 188 anglers and 97 boats in 2016.

Recently they held their annual year end banquet, which approximately 400 anglers, parents, boat captains and coaches attended in Dalton Georgia. In addition to enjoying a great BBQ dinner, they also awarded almost $9,000 in scholarship awards to their anglers.

Finishing in the top three in points were the following teams.

Team of the year honors went to Dylan and Caleb Hays from North Murray High School in Chatsworth, Ga. Coming in second, was the team of Hunter Roberson and Caleb O’Neal from Gordon Lee High School in Chickamauga, Ga.  Avery Shepherd and Mickey Payne from Northwest High School in Varnell, Ga. finished in third place.

The teams accumulated points for not only their fishing but also for attending association meetings and a variety of other criteria. Congratulations to those anglers for their fine efforts throughout the year.

In the school of the year race, Coahulla Creek High School from Dalton, Ga. finished in third place. North Murray High School from Chatsworth, Ga. finished in the runner-up spot and the School of the Year honors went to Gordon Lee High School in Chickamauga Ga.

The winning school has their name added to a rotating trophy that is displayed in their trophy case for the next year.imagejpeg_1

Congratulations to the entire NWGHSAA for another terrific season!

TRAVELERS REST ANGLERS CONTINUE THEIR WINNING WAYS

June 20, 2016

DSCN0306The Devil Dog anglers from Travelers Rest High School improve upon their already impressive 2016 season with another win Saturday at Santee Cooper.  Add this to team wins at the Florida Open and a runner-up finish at the South Carolina Early Bird Open and the school and it’s anglers from up-state South Carolina have amassed quite the resume.

Saturday, Oakley and Gantt Conner, weighed in a whopping 25 pounds, 6 ounces, to win the South Carolina High School Fishing State Championship.  The duo not only won the championship titles but also trophies and a slot in the Southeastern Conference Regional Championship to be held on Lake Cumberland in September.

DSCN0307Coming in second, with a respectable limit of their own was the team of, Nate Burkett and Brandon Jones, from Stratford High School with a limit weighing 16 pounds, 5 ounces.

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The Travelers Rest team wasn’t finished snagging qualifying spots as Devil Dog teammates, Jacob Forrester and Wilson Rickenbaker, secured third with a limit weighing 15 pounds, 13 ounces.  They finished just ahead of, Cole Drummond and Piercen Lynch, from South Florence High School who had a limit that weighed 15 pounds, 5 ounces to earn the fourth qualifying spot.

The anglers that paced the 47 boat field were primarily throwing buzz baits, frogs, shaky heads and spinner baits.

The 2016 South Carolina State Championship was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12. The top 10 percent from each SAF state championship field and the top three teams from each of the seven TBF/FLW Opens will advance to a Conference Championship event.  The top 10 percent of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, in the spring of 2017. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 scholarship to the school of their choice.

In addition to the state, conference and national championship events, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide qualify for the world’s largest high school fishing, standalone, championship event, the 2016 High School Fishing World Finals. The 2016 World Finals is coming up June 28 – July 2 on Pickwick Reservoir in Florence, Ala., with over $60,000 in scholarships and prizes up for grabs.  Click HERE for more details.

Click the link for FULL RESULTS!

BUNKER HILL HIGH SCHOOL WINS NORTH CAROLINA CHAMPIONSHIP

NC ChampionsJune 20, 2016

Dylan Lamm and Austin Blair put together a five fish limit that weighed 14 pounds, 13 ounces, to capture the North Carolina High School Fishing State Championship on Lake Norman on Saturday. The pair bested a 42 boat field to win the championship titles and trophies.  They’ll also advance, leading a four team contingency, to the Southeast Conference Regional Championship on Lake Cumberland in Somerset, Ky., in September.

“We caught the majority of our fish first thing this morning on a whopper popper,” Blair, who will be a junior next year, said.  “We got a limit early fishing shady areas and docks,” Lamm added,” and then all of our fish but one came on the whopper popper.” The smiling duo also stated that keeping confidence up all day was the key to their success.

NC 2ndComing in second, was the team of Noah Howard and Brady Trueheart from South Granville High School with a limit of bass weighing 14 pounds 3 ounces.

NC 3rdTyler Dunn and Mathew Shrewsberry from Beddingfield High School claimed the third spot with a limit that tipped in at 13 pounds 1 ounce.

The team of Seth Hartman and John Crain from Cherryville High School had a limit of Lake Norman beauties that weighed 11 pounds 1 ounce to claim fourth place and the final regional berth.

Special thanks go out to Travis Dancy and the Visit Lake Norman group, as well as, the North Carolina TBF for helping with the event.

All SAF Anglers nationwide are invited to the High School Fishing World Finals in Florence Alabama in two weeks. A large field of teams from over 20 different states and over $60,000 in scholarships and prizes are on the line for the winning teams.

The 2016 North Carolina State Championship was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12. The top 10 percent from each SAF state championship field and the top three teams from each of the seven TBF/FLW Opens will advance to a Conference Championship event.  The top 10 percent of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, in the spring of 2017. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 scholarship to the school of their choice.

In addition to the state, conference and national championship events, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide qualify for the world’s largest high school fishing, standalone, championship event, the 2016 High School Fishing World Finals. The 2016 World Finals is coming up June 28 – July 2 on Pickwick Reservoir in Florence, Ala., with over $60,000 in scholarships and prizes up for grabs.  Click HERE for more details.

Click the link for FULL RESULTS.

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