Kristopher “KJ” Queen and Tyler Black of the North Carolina Student Angler Federation finished strong to win the 2015 SAF High School Fishing National Championship on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake.

Queen and Black, representing Bandys High School in their hometown of Catawba, N.C., topped a field of the 10 best High School Fishing teams in the two-day competition. They caught 17 pounds, 2 ounces on Saturday to make it to Sunday’s final round of five teams in second place.

Then today, the Tar Heel State’s best backed it up with 17-15 to surpass Oklahoma’s Trevor Yates and Jacob Keenom, the day-one leaders, by 4 pounds, 6 ounces with a two-day total of 35-01.

Queen and Black earned a $10,000 scholarship for their win and were elated at the come-from-behind victory.

“We worked so hard for it. To finally win is amazing,” says Black, a high school junior.

“It’s unbelievable,” adds Queen, a college freshman currently attending Bethel University in McKenzie, Tenn., on a fishing scholarship. “This is an awesome feeling.”

Both days of competition, the pair keyed on windy points and docks in relatively clear water, fishing Senko-style soft baits in 4 to 8 feet of water.

“Anywhere the wind was pushing into a dock, we fished Texas-rigged creature baits,” Queen explains.

He notes that they took a “power-finesse” approach to eliminate unproductive docks.

“We fished fairly fast until we found a dock with fish on it, then worked it slow and methodical,” he says.

While their pattern yielded the winning weight, it was far from a cakewalk, especially on day two. Read the rest of this entry »

Queen and Black get it done, 2015 High School National Champions!

Kristopher Queen and Tyler Black from North Carolina’s Bandy High School won the 2015 TBF/ FLW High School National Championship on Grand Lake Oklahoma today. Story will be posted soon!


2015 TBF National HS Championship Final Results






Day Two – Live Coverage

High School Fishing Logo

The day two weigh-in will be shown on FLW Outdoors at 3:00 pm on Sunday.


Day One Results – HS National Championship

Top 5 Teams advance and will Fish on Sunday.

View Results

SAF High School Fishing National Championship

Live streaming starts at 3pm on Sat. April 25th.

Live streaming video by Ustream

30.49 Lbs. wins the California Delta Teen Team Open

Sunday 19 April 2015

Brandon DeVincenzi and Josh Shapland won the High School Teams division with a very impressive 30.49 Lbs.They also won Big Fish with an 8.95 Lb Giant backed up with a 7.87 Lb Toad. WOW!
Ronnie Rivers and Roy Asi were in 2nd place with and impressive 22.74 Lb. bag including a 7.84 pound Toad.  Third place was captured by Brandon Lum and Troy Pasalich with 18.37 lbs.  Troy traveled from San Diego to fish this event.

In the Junior Angler Division, Michael Alaga finished in 1st Place with 4 fish for 10.29 lbs. and captured the Big Fish Trophy with a very nice 4.62 lb. Largemouth.  Tyler Kenyon finished in 2nd Place with a 5 fish limit weighing 8.91 lbs and Natalya Garren finished in 3rd Place catching 3 fish for 5.91 lbs.

It was another beautiful day on the Delta blasting off from Sugar Barge Marina on Bethel Island with 23 boaters fishing 44 kids.  10 Anglers competed in the Junior Angler Division and 18 High School Teams competed on Delta waters muddied up by recent winds which made fishing conditions tough if you didn’t know where they were holding.  Breezy conditions made it even tougher for less experienced anglers to hit their targets and fish likely spots.  Fish positioning knowledge and casting mechanics were a big factor but nearly all anglers brought fish to the scales in what turned out to be a very exciting weigh in.

All in all it was a great practice tournament for young anglers on the Delta.  Many of these anglers will be competing on this same water May 10th when FLW hosts the High School State Championships and on May 24th when California Bass Federation hosts the Junior Angler State Championships.  Both Championship tournaments will be held at nearby Russo’s Marina also on Bethel Island.

KHSAA Regional Coverage

High School Fishing LogoClick below for results.

Regional Finalists

Region 1 Results

Region 2 Results

Region 3 Results

Region 4 Results

Arizona State Championship

Arizona State Championship was held in Yuma Arizona, Martinez lake. 17 teams from around the state fished the event and the fish were plentiful for the student anglers. All 17 teams weighed in fish. Topping the scales from Yuma High Schools were Jonathan Parrish/ Brett Edington weighing in 17.71 pounds. Jaysen Brooks/ Brian Valasquez also of Yuma, weighed in 13.46 to claim second place. Aaron Cadena/ Ben Jackson, Yuma, brought to the scales 13.28 pounds. Big Fish of the tournament was 6.5 pounds caught by the Tristan Casaus/Matthew Jimenez team.

Great weather, great sponsors and great fishing made this an awesome day on the water for everyone.


Republic Wins Teen Anglers Event at Stockton

Courtesy of Lews –
Stockton, Mo.—Two of Republic High Schools neophyte anglers became emerging stars on their team by winning the Teen Anglers tournament April 11 at Stockton Lake.
Gerald Snook and Josh Perkins teamed up with boat captain Jerry Hamilton to win the high school event with a five-fish limit weighing 14.13 pounds. They also earned first big bass honors with a 6.49-pound largemouth.
“I am really proud of both of those kids because when they started they were rank amateurs,” said Republic Coach Jim Huson. “Not to say that they are experts at this point but they have developed in the program for the last two years and both of them have worked hard and their skills finally paid off for them.”
Both anglers caught all of their fish on a 1/4-ounce shaky head and a green pumpkin Strike King Zero that they retrieved with a lift-and-drop presentation. “We kind of stuck with rock ledges and stayed within 25 feet of water,” Snook said. “We would throw to the bank and let it fall off the rock ledges.”
Perkins claimed his partner carried their team. “He caught all of the keepers and I caught a bunch of 14-inchers and other shorts,” said Perkins.
Snook and Perkins were unable to practice for the tournament so they relied on tips from other Republic teammates who got on the water during the week. “We just came down this morning and fished,” Snook said. “We just kind of went off what everybody else was catching them on during the week.”
Coach Huson’s strategy of stressing teamwork at every tournament paid off for Snook and Perkins. “We try to share information throughout our whole team as far as what the bite is and then we kind of work from there,” Huson said. “So everybody is on the same page when we hit the water.”
Spokane High School’s Austin “Chase” Horton and Bradley Cloud took second place with a 12.70-limit and had third big bass with a 4.45-pounder. Horton said they caught all of their fish about 8 feet deep on sexy shad jerkbaits that they worked with a 15-second pause.
Third place went to the Nixa High team of Brett Linville and Evan Ouellette with a limit weighing 12.67 pounds. Fishing a jig and a tube bait “slow and steady,” they caught all of their fish keying on chunk rocks in dirty water about 5 to 8 feet deep, according to Ouellette.
Ozark High’s Dalton Combs and Joe Satterly placed fourth with an 11.14-limit. Combs noted they fished a Wiggle Wart crankbait and shaky head in the morning and switched to a jerkbait when the wind picked up later in the day. “We caught a lot in the morning and then it just died off after that,” he said.
Teen Angler Lake of the Ozarks champions Bryce Soske and Kaleb Lenhert finished fifth in this event with a 10.83 limit. “We were fishing jigs all day along riprap and about halfway back in the coves on windblown points,” Lenhert said. The Park Hill South High anglers found most of their fish in the 5- to 10-foot range.
The Ozark High team of Sawyer Collins and Brennan Banks weighed in a 5.87-pound largemouth that earned them second big bass honors.
The tournament drew 83 teams from 21 Missouri high schools. For the full results of the Stockton tournament, visit www.teenanglers.net.
The final regular season tournament of the Teen Anglers circuit will be held May 16 at Table Rock Lake.

Snook  Perkins 1st Place
Photo caption
Republic High School anglers Gerald Snook (left) and Josh Perkins won the second tournament of the Teen Anglers circuit April 11 at Stockton Lake with a five-fish limit weighing 14.13 pounds.

Kentucky High School Athletic Association Region 2 Bass Fishing Regional Moved to Lake Cumberland

KHSAAFor additional information, please contact: Mark Gintert at 580.716.4251 or mark@bassfederation.com

or Allie Gibbs at 270.252.1594 or

April 14, 2015

Due to high water on Herrington Lake, the KHSAA Region 2 Regional has been moved to Lake Cumberland and will launch out of Lake Cumberland State Resort Park. Tournament dates and times will remain the same. Below is the revised information:

Mandatory Registration & Check-in:

  • Friday, April 17, 6-7:30 p.m Central Time.
  • Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
    Launch Ramp (4 miles off US 127)
    6365 State Park Road
    Jamestown, KY 42629
  • Anglers, coaches and captains must attend.
  • Pretournament meeting immediately following registration.


Takeoff and Weigh-in:

  • Saturday, April 18
  • Takeoff: 8:00 a.m.
  • Weigh-in: 4:00 p.m.
  • Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
    Launch Ramp (4 miles off US 127)
    6365 State Park Road
    Jamestown, KY 42629

To view additional details and lodging information please click here.

Contact Mark Gintert at mark@bassfederation.com, Allie Gibbs at allie.gibbs@flwfishing.com or Darren Bilberry at dbilberry@khsaa.org with any questions.

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