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Posted By The Bass Hog

Ohio Angler Tops Pro Field, Wins $42,400 and New Ranger Boat

GROVE, Okla. (April 22, 2017) – Pro Nick Prvonozac of Warren, Ohio, won the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division tournament on Grand Lake presented by Ranger Boats Saturday after weighing a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 10 ounces. Prvonozac’s two-day total of 10 bass weighing 36 pounds, 6 ounces was enough to earn him $42,400 and a new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

“I feel great right now – it’s unbelievable,” said Prvonozac, who earned his third career-win in FLW competition, first in the Costa FLW Series. “Over the past few years I’ve been able to compete on this lake and get a good feel for it. That knowledge really helped in this event. I’ve made some mistakes before that I was able to correct this time around.”

Prvonozac said he spent his tournament working through a variety of areas stretching from the Shangri-La Resort to down near the dam. On Day One he said he split his time between sight-fishing bass on beds and targeting larger females in nearby areas that were staging to spawn.

“On Day One I caught two off of the beds with a Yum Vibra King Tube,” said Prvonozac. “The females were more off to the sides of the bedding areas. I hit a lot of 45-degree banks along secondary points and threw a Smithwick Suspending Rattlin’ Rogue jerkbait to catch one. I also caught one from a dock near bedding areas with a Booyah Bankroll Jig and a Yum Chunk trailer.”

Day Two of the three-day tournament was canceled due to severe thunderstorms and lightning in the Grove area. With the sudden influx of rain, Prvonozac said he was forced to make some adjustments heading into the final day of competition.

“I wanted to sight-fish today but the lake rose by a foot and a half so I couldn’t see them on the beds,” said Prvonozac. “I decided to make a run to a creek by the dam to target some fish that I had saved. I caught three good ones using the tube in two different areas with secondary points.”

Prvonozac said he flipped a bush with the Booyah jig for another keeper before making his way back to check-in.

“I went to my last area near Shangri-La and ended up finding one that looked good,” said Prvonozac. “I threw the Rogue and caught him out of some flooded bushes. It was my last fish, and it culled.”

A complete list of results will be posted at FLWFishing.com.

Charlie Apperson of Jay, Oklahoma, caught a 6-pound, 9-ounce bass Saturday – the biggest of the tournament in the Pro Division. For his catch, Apperson earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $300.

Mark Talley of Grove, Oklahoma, won the Co-angler Division and a Ranger Z175 with a 90-horsepower Evinrude outboard motor. Talley earned his win with a two-day total catch of 10 bass weighing 25 pounds, 11 ounces.

The top co-angler on Grand Lake finished:

1st:          Mark Talley, Grove, Okla., 10 bass, 25-11, $450 + Ranger Z175 boat w/ 90 horsepower outboard

Taylor Sherrill of Granbury, Texas, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Co-angler Division Saturday, a fish weighing 6 pounds even that earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $200.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

RIDGELAND, Miss.--Due to unsafe weather conditions, the final round of the 2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite at Ross Barnett has been postponed until Monday, May 1.

Trip Weldon, B.A.S.S. tournament director, announced the decision after extended communication with the National Weather Service of Jackson, Miss.

“After discussing the threat of severe weather with the National Weather Service, and with the safety of our anglers as our top concern, we felt postponing the final day was the best decision,” Weldon said. “These storms contain significant lightning among other severe weather factors, and it's not worth the risk.”

According to the National Weather Service, the storms are predicted to arrive by 9 a.m. and continue through the afternoon. They currently contain significant lightning, also “damaging wind gusts, hail and a few tornadoes will be possible.”

Dustin Connell of Alabama owns a comfortable lead of 5 pounds, 6 ounces over his nearest competitor, Keith Poche, also of Alabama. The event began Thursday with 109 Elite anglers, but only the Top 12 compete in the championship round.

Those 12 anglers will resume competition on Monday, May 1, at 6 a.m. CT, and will launch from Madison Landing. The weigh-in will begin at 2 p.m. CT at Old Trace Park.

The tournament is hosted by the Ridgeland Tourism Commission.

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

RIDGELAND, Miss.--For the second day in a row, Alabama native Dustin Connell is leading the fourth Bassmaster Elite Series event of his life. The 26-year-old rookie is closing in on his first victory and the $100,000 first-place prize at the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite at Ross Barnett.

The weather forecast for Ridgeland, Miss., is predicting strong thunderstorms and heavy rain for Championship Sunday, which could impact whether the tournament concludes on schedule or gets postponed until Monday.

Connell’s pattern produced 15 pounds, 7 ounces of largemouth bass for a three-day total of 51-14, which is just over 6 pounds ahead of second place.

“I’m fishing up in the Pearl River,” Connell said. “And if we get heavy rain, the potential flood waters could wash out my spots. If that happens, I may have to revert to plan B and pick up a frog. I’m hoping we’ll dodge a bullet and be able to fish on Sunday.”

Connell mentioned that he’s so confident in his fishing spots that if the weather holds off, he believes he can win.

“I’m trying to not focus on the what if’s right now, rather I’m focusing on what I need to do tomorrow to win, provided we get to fish,” he said. “I have been flipping 35 to 40 spots with lots of vegetation this week. The water in that part of the river is starting to stabilize, and fishing seems to be getting better. If we can avoid the rain, I think I could catch the biggest limit of my week.”

The young angler said he caught 12 or 13 fish during the day, and he missed several big bites that could have added to his lead.

“I’m happy to have a 6-pound lead, which on this lake will go a long way,” he said. “If the weather does hit, a 6-pound cushion will play to my advantage. At the very least, it’ll help me sleep tonight.”

Another Alabamian is also in contention for the win. Keith Poche caught 15-6 on Saturday’s semi-final round, pushing his total to 46-8.

“I really don’t know how this is going to end up,” Poche said. “The forecasted weather is a huge variable. I know I’m around some big fish, maybe even the winning fish, but several inches of rain will definitely change things — and if it does I will be starting over.”

Rounding out the Top 12: Kevin VanDam (46-6), Jonathon VanDam (45-15), Brent Chapman (44-13), Mark Menendez (44-13), Fred Roumbanis (44-12), Matt Herren (44-4), Ish Monroe (44-2), Dave Lefebre (44-1), Bobby Lane (43-10) and Skeet Reese (42-11).

Lester remains in the lead for the Phoenix Boats Big Bass Award thanks to the 7-2 largemouth bass he caught during Thursday’s opening round.

Due to impending weather conditions for Ridgeland, Miss., Bassmaster tournament officials are in regular communication with the National Weather Service. They will make a decision about the final round of competition Saturday evening or early Sunday morning.

According to Bassmaster Elite Series rules, if Championship Sunday is canceled, the tournament will resume on Monday with a projected 6 a.m. CT takeoff and a final weigh-in at 2 p.m.

Connell won the Livingston Lures Day 2 Leader Award of $500 for leading the tournament on Friday’s second day of competition.

The event is hosted by the Ridgeland Tourism Commission.

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

GROVE, Okla. (April 21, 2017) – Day Two of the Costa FLW Series event on Grand Lake presented by Ranger Boats has been canceled due to severe thunderstorms and lightning.

The first round of storms hit the Grove, Oklahoma, region around 5 a.m. CDT, postponing the official takeoff time until 8 a.m. However, a more severe line of storms estimated to reach Grove at about 10 a.m. is what prompted the complete cancellation of the tournament day.

“Day Two has officially been cancelled,” says Costa FLW Series Tournament Director Ron Lappin. “We had some pretty bad storms through here early this morning, but there is a second round headed this way in a couple of hours that looks even worse. For the sake of safety for our fishermen, we are cancelling today’s round of competition.”

The tournament will resume Saturday with the full field fishing and the pro and co-angler winners will be determined by the cumulative weight of two days of competition instead of three.

Anglers will take off from Saturday from Wolf Creek Park, located at 963 N. 16th St. in Grove at 6:30 a.m. CDT. Saturday’s final weigh-in, originally scheduled to be held at Walmart, will now be held at Wolf Creek Park and will begin at 2:30 p.m. Takeoff and weigh-in are free and open to the public. The event is hosted by the City of Grove.

In Costa FLW Series regular-season competition, payouts are based on the number of participants competing in the event. At Grand Lake, pros will fish for as much as $40,000 and a Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard if Ranger Cup qualified. Co-anglers will cast for a Ranger Z175 boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude outboard and an additional $5,000 if Ranger Cup qualified.

The Costa FLW Series consists of five U.S. divisions – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western. Each division consists of three tournaments with competitors vying for valuable points that could earn them the opportunity to fish in the Costa FLW Series Championship. The 2017 Costa FLW Series Championship is being held Nov. 2-4 on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tennessee.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

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.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

GROVE, Okla. (April 21, 2017) – Four anglers are recovering today after a boating accident on Thursday at the Costa FLW Series at Grand Lake sent three of them to the hospital.

Tournament competitors Ross Wright of McQueeny, Texas, and Matt Garner of Seminole, Oklahoma were the two boaters involved in the incident, along with co-anglers Johnny Babb of Holdenville, Oklahoma, and Jimmy Green of Grove, Oklahoma. Additional details about the accident will be released after an accident report is received by the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA).

The GRDA police pulled the boats to shore to transport the injured anglers to the hospital. Two of the men were transported to Tulsa area hospitals, and one was transported to a hospital in Miami, Oklahoma. No update on the condition of the injured anglers is yet available.

Additional details will be forthcoming as an update on the conditions of the anglers involved and the official accident report is received.

Friday, Day Two of the Costa FLW Series event on Grand Lake, has been canceled due to severe thunderstorms and lightning.

The tournament will resume Saturday with the full field fishing and the pro and co-angler winners will be determined by the cumulative weight of two days of competition instead of three.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The 2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Championship presented by Magellan will be held on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell, Oct. 19-21, B.A.S.S. announced today.

Competitors from all over the world will compete for a chance to return to Lake Hartwell next March for the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

“We are excited to be going to Anderson, S.C., and Lake Hartwell for the Championship,” said Jon Stewart, B.A.S.S. Nation director. “It is a great fishery, and Green Pond Landing is a fantastic launch and weigh-in area.

“The city and state did a great job renovating the ramp area for the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic a few years ago, and they have improved it even more since then. We are expecting the weather and the fishing to be excellent that time of year.”

Forty-seven states and one Canadian province (Ontario) will send 20-person teams (10 boaters and 10 nonboaters) to one of three regional tournaments — Central, Western and Eastern. The top boater and nonboater from each state will then advance to the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on Hartwell.  

Also invited to the Championship are the top boater and nonboater from nine other foreign countries (which have their own qualifying events), the Paralyzed Veterans of America champion and the defending B.A.S.S. Nation champion.

“We are so proud of the opportunity to host the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship at Green Pond Landing and Lake Hartwell,” said Neil Paul, Visit Anderson’s executive director. “In Anderson County, we take great pride in being able to host anglers from all over the country in our community, and the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship is yet another opportunity to host a championship event in our championship facility on our championship lake.

“It’s an honor and privilege to be able to host the great team from B.A.S.S. in Anderson County, and we cannot wait to welcome the anglers and their families to our great community.”

The champion will receive a Bassmaster Elite Series berth, paid entry into the division of their choice in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens, a prize boat to keep, plus a “B.A.S.S. Nation’s Best” prize package, which is a fully rigged tournament-ready boat for one year.

Second- and third-place finishers will earn paid entry into their division of choice in the Bassmaster Opens, and the “B.A.S.S. Nation’s Best” prize package, which is also the use of a fully rigged tournament-ready boat for one year.

The nonboater champion will win a memorial trophy, paid Bassmaster Opens entry to his or her division of choice, a prize boat and a Bassmaster Classic Marshal spot.

In 2016, Ryan Lavigne of Gonzales, La., won the tournament as an unlikely candidate — a nonboater — and won it by an enormous margin of 16 1/2 pounds on Lake Conroe outside of Houston, Texas. He also earned a chance to compete in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, which was held March 24-26, 2017, also on Lake Conroe, in which he finished 16th among 52 of the world’s best bass anglers.

The Western Regional will be April 19-21 on Lake Shasta, California, with the final qualifying tournament, the Eastern Regional, to be held June 14-16 on Upper Chesapeake Bay, Maryland.

Competing in the Eastern Regional for a berth in the Championship will be a few new female faces, including Angela Mayo, who was crowned the first female non-boater champion in the North Carolina Western qualifier.

Last year, Becca Golightly became the first female angler to compete in the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship.

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

HOUSTON — The 47th world championship of bass fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods is less than a week away. With larger venues and expected turnouts, new this year, B.A.S.S. has partnered with local organizations in Houston to bring a unique activity for kids to the event.

The Shell Bassmaster Get Hooked on Fishing presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors will be held outside at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will host nearly 1,000 students from the Houston Independent School District and will feature activities and experiences supported by several local companies and organizations, including the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Coastal Conservation Association, Shell, Academy Sports + Outdoors and the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority.

B.A.S.S. has been working with the HCHSA for over a year to bring this program to life and take advantage of Houston’s size and amazing diversity. It is a great opportunity to reach out to a culturally diverse group of young people who may not get the chance to fish because of their location or lack of exposure to the sport.

“After taking our Casting Kids program to Central Park in New York City a few years ago and seeing the reaction of urban youth to fishing, we recognized that this would be a unique opportunity for kids in the Houston area,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin.  

“We appreciate our local supporters who stepped up to sponsor buses to bring these school kids down to the GRB on Friday and look forward to more youth from the Houston area coming out over the weekend. We believe if young people can have a positive encounter with fishing in their youth, they are more likely to become good stewards of our fisheries and aquatic resources as adults.”

Activities at the event will include kids casting instruction, the dogs on the dock jumping dogs, and a kids fishing pond. The TPWD, with support from the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, will also feature its Take Me Fishing/Vamos A Pescar Interpretive Trailer and Challenge, where students will learn about common Texas fish species and how to be a safe and ethical angler. The challenge is a small group activity requiring kids to answer basic fish and wildlife questions by seeking out the answers in and around the trailer. The challenge is offered in both English and Spanish, and encourages teamwork and exploration. TPWD will also promote their  Fishing Tackle Loaner program that allows students to checkout rods and reels, much like a library book, removing one of the most common barriers to fishing participation.

“A Houstonian’s civic pride is a badge they wear with honor, but to see it in action is truly what it’s all about,” said Chris Massey, HCHSA director of events. “We saw just that as we encouraged our city to support the Get Hooked On Fishing initiative through community partnerships, and boy did they step up in a big way. Through their financial contributions we are able to sponsor 900 Houston Independent School District students to come out and get hooked on fishing!”

Additionally, Shell and the Coastal Conservation Association will be partnering on-site to promote conservation ethics and education among young anglers through the award-winning CCA Rising Tide youth outreach and education program.

Other activities include Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jacob Wheeler on-site signing autographs and special giveaways from Academy Sports + Outdoors for the first 1,000 children each day.

Akin also credited Bruce D. Oakley, Danilo Juvane, Laqrence Catuzzi, Callier & Garza, LLP, J. Kent Friedman, Hilltop Securities, Inc., Timber Creek Environmental, LLP and Manson B. Johnson for their help.

Courtesy of BASS Communications 


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

SOMERSET, Ky. (March 23, 2017) – The fourth tournament of the 22nd season of the FLW Tour, the most competitive circuit in professional bass fishing, is coming to the Somerset-Pulaski County area April 6-9 with the FLW Tour at Lake Cumberland presented by T-H Marine. The event, which is hosted by the Somerset Tourist and Convention Commission, will feature 328 of the world’s premier bass anglers and co-anglers casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the Pro Division and up to $25,000 cash in the Co-angler Division.

“I think it’s going to be a great tournament, as long we don’t get a lot of rain heading into it,” said FLW Tour pro Rex Huff of Corbin, Kentucky, who has six top-10 finishes on Lake Cumberland in FLW competition. “When it rains, the water level rises quickly and isn’t ideal. But if it holds off the fishing is going to be great all over the lake, especially this time of year.

“Lake Cumberland has a lot to offer the Tour field in terms of fishable water,” continued Huff. “There are many different creeks with bushes, as well as main-lake areas with big rocks and standing trees. When local authorities serviced the dam several years ago, they lowered the water level and a lot of the trees grew up. Now, with the water level back up above them, those areas will definitely be popular.”

Although quality bites will be found all over the lake, Huff said he prefers locations on the lower end near the dam.

“It’s such a big lake that I think anglers are going to have find an area and stick with it throughout the tournament,” said Huff. “We may see some of the field make a run down to the dam, but it’s a gamble. It can cut as much as three hours of fishing out of the day, but there are some big, quality creeks to work through down there.”

Huff said that a variety of lures will be showcased in this event including jigs, jerkbaits, swimbaits and spinnerbaits. He said that fans can also expect to see three different species of bass crossing the weigh-in stage.

“There are going to be a lot of limits brought in consisting of both largemouth and smallmouth bass,” said Huff. “The lake has a lot of good spotted bass too, some in the 2- to 3-pound class.”

The Kentucky pro predicted that a four-day cumulative total of 70 pounds should be enough to take home top honors.

Anglers will take off at 7 a.m. EDT each day from General Burnside Island State Park, located at 8801 S. Highway 27, in Burnside, Kentucky. Thursday and Friday’s weigh-ins, April 6-7, will be held at General Burnside Island State Park beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday’s weigh-ins, April 8-9, will also be held at General Burnside Island State Park, but will begin at 4 p.m.

Prior to the weigh-ins Saturday and Sunday, fans are encouraged to experience the free Family Fishing Expo at General Burnside Island State Park from noon to 4 p.m. The Expo is a unique opportunity for fishing fans to meet their favorite anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by FLW sponsors, and learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities.

Youth are also invited to participate in the free FLW Foundation’s Unified Fishing Derby at the Ruckel’s Restaurant Pay Lake, located at 192 KY-70 in Eubank, Kentucky, on Saturday, April 8, from 9-11 a.m. The event, hosted by FLW Foundation pro Cody Kelley along with other FLW Tour anglers, is free and open to area youth 18 years of age and younger and Special Olympics athletes. Rods and reels are available for the first 50 participants to use, but youth are encouraged to bring their own if they own one.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. — Jacob Louis and JT Russell of McKendree University jumped from third place on the final day today to take the championship title of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Midwest Regional presented by Bass Pro Shops on Lake of the Ozarks with a three-day total of 61 pounds of bass.

After holding the lead on Wednesday’s opening round of competition and losing it on Thursday, the Bearcat duo produced a 22-11 limit to regain the top spot. Louis and Russell stuck to their game plan, even with the declining weather and temperatures, and they were able to boat four fish in the first few hours of fishing today.

They had found a promising area loaded with baitfish as their practice session ended earlier in the week and decided to start the tournament there Wednesday. It paid big dividends as they caught 22-10 on Wednesday to take an early lead. They did most of their damage with jerkbaits and swimbaits in the shad-filled pocket. Fish were schooling at the surface, making it possible to follow the pods of bait as they roamed around the pocket.

That night a massive rain and hailstorm cooled off the water temperatures and stained parts of the lake. Their Thursday weight suffered as a result and they dropped to third after catching 15-11, but were in striking range of the lead. They made the trip to their magic area on the final day, but they knew right away that it would be tougher to stay all day.

“We didn’t see much shad activity, and with the temperatures in the low 40s they just weren’t grouped up like early in the week,” Louis said.

After landing four bass, which included a 4- and a 5-pounder, their spot dried up and they had to scramble. The pair made their way back toward Osage Beach and finished their limit with a 5 pounder and, later, a 6 that enabled them to cull a smaller fish.

They won by 4 pounds, 10 ounces over the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Louie Dazzo and Collin Cropp who stayed in second place from start to finish this week at Lake of the Ozarks. After having weights of 19-12 and 21-3, the duo only managed 15-7 and stayed put on the standings in the runner-up position with a total weight of 56-6.

Dazzo and Cropp also found success with a jerkbait this week as well as a crankbait. It showed as they boated plenty of keepers on the final day, but they lacked the size they had caught on Wednesday and Thursday.

“We definitely had a slower morning than prior days, but we kept adjusting spots, and we started catching them,” Dazzo and Cropp said. “We saw some other teams catch some big ones in our same areas, but they seemed to be positioned deeper than we were so I’d have to believe the quality bass just moved slightly deeper.”

Jacob Harris and Tyler Smith of Southeast Missouri State University jumped from 12th place on Thursday into third after the final weigh-in because of their huge final day. Harris and Smith notched 23-9 on Friday, which claimed the Nitro Big Bag of the tournament and it was anchored by a 7-13 Big Bass. They finished with a three-day total of 55-3.

McKendree’s Brock Wilke and Brady Faust caught 22-2 on Friday to move into fourth, and Hunter Mills and Hunter McKinley of Murray State University rounded out the Top 5 after catching 17-14.

The Day 2 leaders, Nic Rand and Keegan Russell of Lake Superior State University only managed one fish on the final day, but it weighed 7-1 and kept them in the Top 10 as they finished ninth. For leading after Day 2, Rand and Russell won the Livingston Lures Leader award.

Hunter Scharphorn and Jake Dorony of Lake Superior State took the final qualifying spot with a three-day total of 41-11. The Top 19 teams will now move on to the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, which will be held later this summer.

Courtesy of BASS 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.