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Posted By The Bass Hog

BEMIDJI, Minn. —August 3, 2017--Ninety of the best collegiate student/angler teams representing 59 of the nation’s universities will meet for the 2017 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops, August 10-12 on Minnesota’s Lake Bemidji.

College anglers can compete in one of five regionals and in a wild card qualifier for the opportunity to advance to the national championship.

After three days of championship competition, the best team will be crowned national champions.

Bemidji State University and Visit Bemidji will join with B.A.S.S. as the host of this prestigious competition.

“Both here at Bemidji State and across the community, people are truly proud and excited to welcome these collegiate anglers,” said Scott Faust, director of communications and marketing for BSU. “It’s an honor to share the quality of our fishing and the beauty of northern Minnesota.”

From there, the Top 4 teams will advance to the College Bracket to be held at an undisclosed location, Aug. 14-16. At that point, team members will fish solo and be pitted against one another in a bracket-style, win-and-advance competition.

The eight anglers will vie for a berth into the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, scheduled for South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell, March 16-18.

“Visit Bemidji is excited to partner with B.A.S.S. and Bemidji State University for the 2017 Bassmaster College Series National Championship,” said Susan Goudge, executive director for Visit Bemidji. “The event will be second to none with our university campus being located on the shores of beautiful Lake Bemidji.”

Goudge said the scenic lakes and local amenities provide an ideal venue for the nation’s top college anglers.

“Lake Bemidji and area lakes are naturally connected to multiple waterways that include the Mississippi River,” she said. “Bemidji, First City on the Mississippi, looks forward to welcoming the fishing teams, families and B.A.S.S. staff to our beautiful community. And, we’d like to wish the best of luck to all the young anglers.”

Following the tournament briefing Tuesday night, Yamaha Pro Night will take place when several of the stars on the Bassmaster Elite Series will offer seminars. Pros will include Minnesota native Seth Feider, Dustin Connell, Josh Bertrand, Justin Lucas and 2017 Classic champion and former college champion Jordan Lee.

Lee will also be the keynote speaker during Sponsor Night, which is set to take place Wednesday evening before official competition kicks off Thursday morning.

The 2012 Bassmaster college champion Matt Lee, the older brother of Jordan Lee, said fishing at the college level and winning the national championship helped mold and prepare him for a career as pro angler on the Elite Series.

“I sat there in the briefing before the 2012 college championship began, and I was thinking about how difficult it would be to win that tournament,” Matt said. “But I was ready for it, and it was a dream come true to actually win it. That time really prepared me to make smart decisions on the water, interact with the media and fans and what it meant to be a champion.”

Matt also said finishing college is paramount.

“As much as I wanted to skip out on finishing school and start fishing the Bassmaster Opens working for an Elite invite, earning my degree was critical,” he said. “You never know what life is going to throw your way, and having a degree will lay the groundwork for a successful life regardless if you decide to fish as a pro or not.”

For more information, visit Bassmaster.com/college.

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

May 4, 2017--MINNEAPOLIS – Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, and Bass Pro Shops, a leading national retailer of outdoor gear and apparel, announced today a partnership supporting nationwide high school fishing tournaments in an effort to promote both organizations and grow the sport. Effective immediately, Bass Pro Shops will assume title sponsorship of the FLW High School Fishing Opens.

"FLW and Bass Pro Shops share the same passionate audience," said FLW President of Marketing Trish Blake. "Both organizations excel within the outdoors industry. By forming this partnership, we are able to leverage each other's strengths and build upon the synergies between us."

The 2017 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Opens is a 24-event series featuring tournaments for High School Fishing anglers around the country. The tournaments are free to enter, and the top 10 percent of teams in each event advance directly to the High School Fishing National Championship, held June 27-July 1 on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama. Qualifiers in tournaments held after June 10 will advance to the 2018 High School Fishing National Championship.

“Bass Pro Shops is deeply committed to helping young people connect with nature through fishing and outdoor recreation,” said noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris. “We are very proud to support Fishing League Worldwide and their efforts to grow the sport of fishing with anglers of all ages.”

Per terms of the agreement, Bass Pro Shops will receive exposure at more than 274 FLW-sanctioned bass fishing tournaments and Expos, and through multiple FLW media channels, which include FLWFishing.com and FLW Bass Fishing magazine. Bass Pro Shops gift cards will be featured each month in the FLW Monthly Member Giveaways, and the brand will headline exclusive content across FLW’s social media outlets, which are viewed by hundreds of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts.

In addition to the High School Fishing events, Bass Pro Shops will also be the presenting sponsor of multiple YETI FLW College Fishing tournaments. Select tournaments across all circuits will have registration and/or weigh-in hosted at Bass Pro Shops store locations, and FLW will be showcased in the annual Bass Pro Shops Gone Fishing events planned for summer.

Visit FLWFishing.com for more details or to find out how to start a club at your school.

About FLW

FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2017 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 274 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat.

About Bass Pro Shops®

Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is known as a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

SHREVEPORT, La. (March 28, 2017) – The North DeSoto High School duo of Luke Herring and Tyler Pate, both of Stonewall, Louisiana, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 24 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the 2017 TBF High School Fishing Louisiana State Championship tournament on Cross Lake in Shreveport, Louisiana. The win advanced the team to the 2017 High School Fishing National championship, held June 27-July 1 at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama.

A field of 122 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from the American Legion Ramp in Shreveport. In FLW/TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.

The top 12 teams on Cross Lake that advanced to the 2017 High School Fishing National Championship were:

  1st:  North DeSoto High School – Luke Herring and Tyler Pate, both of Stonewall, La., (five bass, 24-12)

  2nd: Haughton High School – Tripp Bowman and Matthew Nesbit, both of Haughton, La., (five bass, 17-11)

  3rd: West Ouachita High School – Wesley Banks, Calhoun, La., and Hunter Israel, West Monroe, La., (five bass, 15-2)

  4th:       Haughton High School – Zackey Hogg and Jacob Dupree, both of Haughton, La., (five bass, 14-2)

  5th:       Benton High School – Garrett Pierce and Gunnar Gray, both of Benton, La., (three bass, 12-2)

  6th:       Ouachita Christian School – Caleb Gates, Monroe, La., and Brennen Ramsey, Farmerville, La., (three bass, 12-0)

  7th:       Live Oak High School – Wyatt Spring and Tyler Thames, both of Denham Springs, La., (four bass, 11-8)

  8th:       East Beauregard High School – Kameron Seal and Jordan Miller, both of Deridder, La., (five bass, 11-7)

  9th:       North DeSoto High School – Garrett Brown and Nicolas Packett, both of Stonewall, La., (five bass, 11-2)

  10th:     Prairie View Academy – Tanner Caldwell and Layton Rainbolt, both of Bastrop, La., (five bass, 11-0)

  11th:     North Desoto High School – Kyle McAllen, Stonewall, La., and Ethan Howe, Keatchie, La., (three bass, 10-10)

  12th:     Quitman High School – Cason Womack and Bradley Koonce, both of Quitman, La., (five bass, 10-6)

Complete results and photos from the event can be found at HighSchoolFishing.org.

The 2017 TBF High School Fishing Louisiana State Championship was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12, open to any Student Angler Federation (SAF) affiliated high school club in the state of Louisiana. The top 10 percent of each Challenge, Open, and state championship field will advance to the High School Fishing National Championship. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest high school bass tournament, the 2017 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. At the 2016 World Finals more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.

Full schedules and the latest announcements are available at HighSchoolFishing.org and FLWFishing.com.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Costa renewed its title sponsorship for the 2017 Bassmaster High School tournament series, B.A.S.S. announced today. The company will also continue its supporting sponsorship of the Bassmaster College Series. This will be the third consecutive year that Costa has partnered with B.A.S.S.

The Costa Bassmaster High School Series has grown dramatically, currently involving more than 5,500 student athletes representing 600 schools in 45 states. The program is one of the fastest-growing initiatives within B.A.S.S.

“We’re extremely proud to once again be the title sponsor of the Bassmaster High School Series,” said Melinda Hays, Costa’s Bass Community Leader. “Watching the huge influx of young people entering the sport of bass fishing is exciting, and we’re happy to help this positive movement.”

The Costa Bassmaster High School Opens sometimes attract more than 300 two-person teams, each accompanied by an adult “captain” who operates the boat. The top competitors from the Opens, from state high school championships and from sanctioned team trails qualify for the Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship.

“Costa believes that encouraging young people to get outside and fish is extremely important, not only to the future of our sport, but fishing also has the opportunity to teach them many life lessons,” Hays said. “Determination, hard work and persistence are only a few of those. We have an incredible opportunity for many new young anglers to develop a true appreciation for nature and conservation through these events.”

The Daytona Beach, Fla., company, which has produced some of the most popular sunglasses in the world since its inception in 1983, will sponsor all three Bassmaster High School Open events this year (Southern, Central and Midwest), plus a national championship this summer at a site to be determined. Costa will also be a supporting sponsor for all Bassmaster College Series events in 2017, which started competition in January.

“The Bassmaster High School and College fishing programs have expanded tremendously,” said Hank Weldon, senior tournament manager for the Bassmaster High School and College Series. “We’re pleased with the support Costa has provided in helping shape the future of our sport.”

The first Costa Bassmaster High School tournament of 2017 took place March 11, with competition on Toledo Bend Reservoir out of Many, La. New this year, B.A.S.S. extended invitations to the Top 5 finishing teams from this tournament to participate in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster High School Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods on Lake Conroe, March 24-26, out of Houston, Texas.

For more information on the Bassmaster High School and College Series, please visit Bassmaster.com.

About Costa


As the leading manufacturer of the world’s clearest polarized performance sunglasses, Costa offers superior lens technology and unparalleled fit and durability. Still handcrafted today in Florida, Costa has created the highest quality, best performing sunglasses and prescription sunglasses (Rx) for outdoor enthusiasts since 1983. 

Born on the water, Costa works hard to protect the ocean it calls home. Through programs like its Kick Plastic campaign, where the brand seeks to raise awareness about the growing plastic pollution problem threatening oceans worldwide, to serving as a long-term partner to shark research organizations like OCEARCH, Costa encourages people to help protect the Earth’s natural resources in any way they can.

Find out more on Costa’s website and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram or on Twitter at @CostaSunglasses.

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. — With less than two hours of competition remaining, Trevor Whisenant and Brett Lasley had only one keeper bass in the live-well.

It wasn’t exactly how they expected to fare in the Costa Bassmaster High School Midwest Open presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods held Sunday on Lake of the Ozarks.

Needless to say, the Kickback High School fishing team anglers were dejected. Their boat captain, Trevor’s dad Chris Whisenant, said the boys had lost focus after suffering through a less than productive morning on the 54,000-acre impoundment in central Missouri. The weather went from cold and rainy at daybreak, to downright muggy later in the afternoon. It looked as if the freshmen would finish way down the leaderboard in the open event that drew 66 teenage tandems from throughout the U.S.

But something clicked at about 1 p.m. It was part change of weather and part change of scenery. Throw in a healthy dose of an Alabama Rig, and the kids from Kansas made a comeback for the ages.

Trevor Whisenant and Brett Lasley caught four additional keepers in the closing minutes of the tournament, and the bag was buoyed by Lasley’s 5-pound, 6-ounce kicker. The late surge gave the boys a one-day total of 16 pounds, 8 ounces, and it was enough to earn them the Bassmaster High School Midwest Open title and a $1,000 prize for their school’s bass fishing team.

It was a grand turnaround for the best friends. They have fished together for recreation since grade school, but the Midwest Open was Lasley’s first competitive tournament. He made it a memorable one, with the 5-6 bass that came in the closing minutes of Sunday’s action. It also was an early birthday present for the 14-year old Lasley, who turns 15 later this week. His fishing partner just made 15 in early March.

Up until that big bass capped the team’s final flurry, those chances were iffy. Whisenant and Lasley were fishing not far from the Lake of the Ozarks State Park Public Boat Ramp No. 1 because they were worried about how foul weather might affect their runs to the far flung corners of the fishery. They finally latched onto the bass they sought with the Alabama Rig in approximately 32 feet of water.

“Some of them were in pockets, and some of them were on bluffs,” Chris Whisenant said. “The big ones were on the bluffs. The weather clearing up helped, and moving to the deeper water helped. But they [fished the Alabama rig] right off the bat.”

All bets were off for the Kickback High Bass Club, though. Besides Whisenant and Lasley, teammates Zach Vielhauer and Remington Wagner placed second with a limit that weighed 14-7. Tyler Lubbat and Nolan Siara of the Buffalo Grove (Ill.) Bass Fishing Team placed third with a limit that totaled 14-1.

Brian Linder and Nathan Thompson of Eagan (Minn.) High School had the only other limit, and they finished fourth with a total of 13-13. Linder and Thompson briefly held the “Hot Seat” in the Midwest High School Open, after winning a tie-breaker with Riley Fletcher and Gavin White of the Cassville (Mo.) Wildcats. The Missouri tandem wound up finishing fifth overall because they only boated four fish, compared to the five Linder and Thompson weighed.

Each of those five teams will advance to the Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship, which will be held June 22-24 at a location to be disclosed later. Nehemiah Glenn and Joseph Gorman of Lakeville (Minn.) High finished sixth (13-2); and Tyler Christy and Scott Springer of Illinois placed seventh (12-9) to also advance to the national tournament.

Taylor Hamburger of the Northeastern Oklahoma High School Bass Club caught only one fish, but it was the big bass of the tournament at 6-2.

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

MARSHALL, Texas (April 3, 2017) – The Woodlands College Park High School duo of Chad Mrazek of Conroe, Texas, and Joe Beebee of The Woodlands, Texas, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 24 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the 2017 FLW High School Fishing Texas Open tournament on Lake O’ The Pines in Marshall, Texas. The win advanced the team to the 2017 High School Fishing National championship, held June 27-July 1 at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama.

A field of 45 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from the Lakeside Recreation Area in Jefferson, Texas. The event was hosted by the Marshall Convention & Visitors Bureau and East Texas Baptist University.

In FLW/TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.

The top four teams on Lake O’ The Pines that advanced to the 2017 High School Fishing National Championship were:

  1st:        The Woodlands College Park High School, The Woodlands, Texas – Chad Mrazek, Conroe, Texas and Joe Beebee, The Woodlands, Texas, (five bass, 24-11)

  2nd:      Queen City High School, Queen City, Texas – Kyle Parker, Douglassville, Texas, and Ryan Ream, Atlanta, Texas, (five bass, 18-14)

  3rd:       Quitman High School, Quitman, Texas – Colin Brown and J.C. Brisendine, both of Quitman, Texas, (five bass, 17-13)

  4th:       Harker Heights High School, Harker Heights, Texas – Preston Pittman and Alex Chambers, both of Harker Heights, Texas, (five bass, 17-11)

Rounding out the top 10 teams were:

  5th:       Beckville High School, Beckville, Texas – Lane McKnight, Beckville, Texas, and Brayden Cross, Henderson, Texas, (five bass, 16-13)

  6th:       Hallsville High School, Hallsville, Texas – Logan Watson, Longview, Texas, and Rowdy Smith, Henderson, Texas, (five bass, 16-3)

  7th:       White Oak High School, White Oak, Texas – Seth Kutch and Trenton Gross, both of White Oak, Texas, (five bass, 15-3)

  8th:       Sanger High School, Sanger, Texas – Teddy Reynolds and Ryan Penton, Sanger, Texas, (five bass, 14-12)

  9th:       Lumberton High School, Lumberton, Texas – Skye Ball, Lumberton, Texas, and Nicolas Peoples, Kingwood, Texas, (five bass, 14-12)

  10th:     Parkway High School, Bossier City, La. – Bennett Hopkins and Tyler Hilton, both of Bossier City, La., (five bass, 14-8)

Complete results from the event can be found at FLWFishing.com.

The 2017 FLW High School Fishing Texas Open was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12, open to any Student Angler Federation (SAF) affiliated high school club in the United States. The top 10 percent of each Challenge, Open, and state championship field will advance to the High School Fishing National Championship. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest high school bass tournament, the 2017 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. At the 2016 World Finals more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.

Full schedules and the latest announcements are available at HighSchoolFishing.org and FLWFishing.com.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Sixty-nine outstanding high school anglers from across the country have been named to the 2017 class of Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

The students were selected for the honor based on their success in bass tournament competition, academic achievement and leadership in conservation and community service.

“From the very beginning, a guiding principle of B.A.S.S. has been to introduce youngsters to the sport of fishing, and the resumes of the young people nominated for All-State and All-American honors proves that these efforts are paying off,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “High School fishing programs are great incentives for getting students and their parents out of doors and on the water.”

To be considered for the All-State Fishing Team, a student must have been nominated by a parent, coach, teacher or other school official. Students currently enrolled in grades 10-12 with a current-year grade point average of 2.5 or higher are eligible.

B.A.S.S. received more than 380 nominations from across the nation, a 75 percent increase over the number nominated in the first two years of the program. From these, judges selected 69 student anglers from 40 states to make the All-State Fishing Teams.

“Our All-State team is such a strong group of young anglers who have tremendous fishing accomplishments, as well as extensive community service and academic achievements,” said Hank Weldon, senior manager of the B.A.S.S. High School program. “We are extremely proud to recognize these student anglers, and we congratulate them on their success on and off the water.”

A second panel of judges will review nominations of the 69 All-State team members and select the 12 members of the 2017 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. As in all-state judging, criteria include success in high school fishing tournaments, involvement in conservation efforts and other community service activities.

The 12 finalists will compete in a one-day Bassmaster All-American High School Bass Tournament held during the 2017 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department event, a fan-favorite festival that will be held May 17-21 on Sam Rayburn Reservoir out of Lufkin, Texas.

Elite Series anglers will serve as teammates and “coaches” of the student anglers in the tournament. The high school standouts will be honored on the main Texas Fest stage at the weigh-in. All will be profiled in Bassmaster Magazine, read monthly by 4.4 million people, as well as on Bassmaster.com.

“Because of the tremendous increase in nominations this year, and because the All-State anglers in many states were decided by razor-thin margins, B.A.S.S. decided to recognize an additional group of outstanding students with honorable mention awards,” said Helen White, High School All-American program manager. “These student anglers illustrated strong tournament success rates as well as solid community service and academic achievement.”

Maryland

Jospeh McClosky, Swanton

 

Tyler Wallace, New Market

Virginia

Trent Carr, Rhoadesville

Gavin Haley Locust Grove

Hylton Scott, Stuart — Honorable Mention

Travis Walker, Stuart — Honorable Mention

 

West Virginia

Grace Caldwell, Berkeley Springs

 

Landon Harrington, Berkeley Springs

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

MANY, La. — Hunter Courvelle and Alex Erickson had spent so much time in the hot seat their legs may have fallen asleep.

Then with only two duos remaining, the 2015 Bassmaster High School national champions Alex Heintze and Justin Watts came to the scales at Cypress Bend Park. Word was they had a great bag, and they did. But it wasn’t enough to bump the leaders from the pole position.

Courvelle and Erickson caught a limit of five bass weighing 23 pounds, 3 ounces to win the single-day tournament held on Toledo Bend Reservoir. Heintze and Watts of the Livingston Parish (La.) Bassmasters, came in second with a bag of 22-3, and Carter Pourciau and Zach Naquin of Assumption (La.) High were third with 20-14.

Courvelle and Erickson’s limit was an ounce shy of the one-day record for a Bassmaster High School event. In fact, it was Watts and Heintze who set that mark back in 2015 during their national championship win on Kentucky Lake in Tennessee.

Both of the Sam Houston High anglers breathed a heavy sigh of relief when they realized they had survived Heintze and Watts. Only a moment later, they were hoisting championship trophies and mugging for pictures snapped by well-wishers who withstood a steady rain to view the weigh-in.

It was, however, a flat the duo located in practice that they fished Saturday, and it was extremely productive. They were fishing inabout 6 to 8 feet of water with Carolina rigged flukes in the watermelon red color pattern. They had five keepers in the boat by 9 a.m., and Erickson landed the lunker of the creel about 12:30 p.m. That big fish weighed approximately 7 1/2 pounds, but it wasn’t the biggest bass he’s ever landed.

“We fish up here every weekend this time of year,” Erickson said. “It’s about an hour and half drive from home (in Lake Charles). So we see some big bass.”

Toledo Bend is known for lunker bass, and Courvelle said the set-up they used in the Central Open was productive for a couple of reasons.

“We were fishing some deeper water and in the wind, it was easier to use that Carolina rigged fluke,” he said. “It was about 5 inches long, and it was easier to get it down in the water.”

Courvelle and Erickson couldn’t celebrate their catches too loudly. That’s because Saturday’s top spot was only a couple hundred yards from the Cypress Bend Marina and there was ample traffic through that area during the day.

Erickson’s big bass came out of Housen Bay on the Texas side of the reservoir, said boat captain Keith Courvelle.

“There was a lot of adrenaline, but we didn’t want to make much noise,” Erickson said. “Someone might see our spot.”

They didn’t, but everyone did see the pair of high school juniors clinch a spot in the upcoming Costa Bassmaster High School Classic, which will be held in Houston, Texas, at the end of March in conjunction with the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. The Top 5 teams at the Central Open earned spots in the High School Classic, and the Top 19 teams advanced to the Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods to be held this summer. Courvelle and Erickson also earned $1,500 for their high school bass team with the win.

Heintze and Watts fished with Carolina rigs and football head jigs in 12 feet of water to boat their haul Saturday. Other teams advancing to the Bassmaster High School Classic include Nolan Wright and Coltin Pool of Blanchard (Okla.) High (fourth place, 19-5,) and Jackson Hall and Daniel Helsley of Lovejoy (Texas) High (fifth place, 19-3.)

The Bassmaster Big Bass Award went to Hunter Martin and Justin Jacob of Lutcher (La.) High. Martin landed a largemouth that weighed 8-11.

Courtesy of B.A.S.S. Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

PALATKA, Fla. (Feb. 28, 2017) – The Osceola High School duo of Bailey Chisholm and Cole DePuy, both of St. Cloud, Florida, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 17 pounds, 5 ounces, to win the 2017 TBF High School Fishing Florida State Championship tournament on the St. Johns River in Putnam County, Florida. The win advanced the team to the 2017 High School Fishing National championship, held June 27-July 1 at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama.

A field of 57 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from the City Dock Launch Ramp in Palatka. In FLW/TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.

The top five teams on the St. Johns River that advanced to the 2017 High School Fishing National Championship were:

  1st:        Osceola High School – Bailey Chisholm and Cole DePuy, both of St. Cloud, Fla., (five bass, 17-5)

  2nd:      Okeechobee High School – Kaitlyn Williams and David Daniel, both of Okeechobee, Fla., (five bass, 15-13)

  3rd:       Fort Meade High School– Tyler Bazemore, Mulberry, Fla., and Shane Schmucker, Lakeland, Fla., (five bass, 15-9)

  4th:       First Coast High School – James Brooks, Inverness, Fla., and Matthew Sorrells, Middleburg, Fla., (five bass, 15-3)

  5th:       Seminole County Junior Anglers – Fisher Omans and Steven Steinard, both of Oviedo, Fla., (five bass, 14-15)

Rounding out the top 10 teams were:

  6th:       Bartow High School – Jeremy Morgan and Joshua Johnson, both of Bartow, Fla., (five bass, 14-4)

  7th:       Keystone Heights High School – Coy Givens and Madison Givens, both of Keystone Heights, Fla., (four bass, 13-10)

  8th:       Seminole County Junior Anglers – Joey Bloom, Winter Springs, Fla., and Dylan Westhelle, Sanford, Fla., (five bass, 13-4)

  9th:       Seminole County Junior Anglers – Logan Wright, Oviedo, Fla., and Colin Blanton, Winter Springs, Fla., (five bass, 12-15)

  10th:     Seminole County Junior Anglers – Noah Napolitano and A.J. Alameda, both of Longwood, Fla., (five bass, 12-8)

Complete results and photos from the event can be found at HighSchoolFishing.org.

The 2017 TBF High School Fishing Florida State Championship was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12, open to any Student Angler Federation (SAF) affiliated high school club in the state of Florida. The top 10 percent of each Challenge, Open, and state championship field will advance to the High School Fishing National Championship. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest high school bass tournament, the 2017 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. At the 2016 World Finals more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.

Full schedules and the latest announcements are available at HighSchoolFishing.org and FLWFishing.com.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

 

CLEWISTON, Fla. (Jan. 17, 2017) – The Marion County Youth Bassmasters duo of Brett Pearson of Gainesville, Florida, and Erik Van Dyke of Ocala, Florida, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 20 pounds, 8 ounces, to win the 2017 FLW/TBF High School Fishing Lake Okeechobee Challenge tournament on Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Florida. The win advanced the team to the 2017 High School Fishing National championship, held June 27-July 1 at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama.

A field of 61 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from Roland and Mary Ann Martin’s Marina and Resort in Clewiston. In FLW/TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.

The top six teams on Lake Okeechobee that advanced to the 2017 High School Fishing National Championship were:

  1st:        Marion County Youth Bassmasters – Brett Pearson, Gainesville, Fla., and Erik Van Dyke, Ocala, Fla., (five bass, 20-8)

  2nd:      Sebring High School – Briar Napier, Lake Placid, Fla., and Kyle Mercer, Sebring, Fla., (five bass, 20-1)

  3rd:       Fort Meade Middle-Senior High School/George Jenkins High School – Tyler Bazemore, Mulberry, Fla., and Shane Schmucker, Lakeland, Fla., (five bass, 18-3)

  4th:       Bartow High School – Trenton Coleman, Lakeland, Fla., and Connor Seay, Bartow, Fla., (five bass, 17-2)

  5th:       Okeechobee High School – Jorden Reyna and Parker Choate, both of Okeechobee, Fla., (five bass, 16-12)

  6th:       Creek Wood High School, Charlotte, Tenn. – Daniel Cheshire and Steven Mills, both of White Bluff, Tenn., (five bass, 14-1)

Rounding out the top 10 teams were:

  7th:       Sebring High School – Dalton Hooks, Sebring, Fla., and James Pearson, Lorida, Fla., (five bass, 13-13)

  8th:       Forest High School – Brad Powell, Ocala, Fla., and Austin Dodd, Silver Springs, Fla., (five bass, 13-12)

  8th:       Okeechobee High School – Kenny Whaley and Hunter Sills, both of Okeechobee, Fla., (five bass, 13-12)

  10th:     Okeechobee High School – Blake Everett and Alexandrea Fulford, both of Okeechobee, Fla., (five bass, 13-11)

Complete results from the event can be found at HighSchoolFishing.org.

The 2017 FLW/TBF High School Fishing Okeechobee Challenge was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12, open to any Student Angler Federation (SAF) affiliated high school club in the United States. The top 10 percent of each Challenge, Open, and state championship field will advance to the High School Fishing National Championship. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest high school bass tournament, the 2017 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. At the 2016 World Finals more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.

Full schedules and the latest announcements are available at HighSchoolFishing.org and FLWFishing.com.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.