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THE LATEST BASS FISHING NEWS
Adrenaline and optimism were running high among the 19 young guns gathered at Wolf Creek Park as they anxiously awaited takeoff on day one of the Student Angler Federation High School Fishing National Championship on Grand Lake.
Set for April 25-26 on the legendary Sooner impoundment, the championship pits the nation's top 10 two-person high school teams in an all-out bass battle for the national title and a $10,000 college scholarship. One contestant, Cameron Pappan, is fishing solo.
The road to the finals began in 2014, with state and open championships leading to one of five conference finals, then ultimately to Grand Lake.
The halfway point for the 2015 Walmart FLW Tour season is fast approaching as the Tour makes its annual trek to Beaver Lake. The third stop on the schedule is important because it reveals the real contenders in the Angler of the Year race as well as provides a better idea of who will be in contention to punch their tickets to the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita this August.
Saxton Long and Triston Crowder won the first High School Fishing tournament they ever entered-a state championship, no less - and the teens from Lawrenceburg, Tenn., are hoping for similar success when they travel to Oklahoma to compete in the TBF/FLW's High School Fishing National Championship.
With James Watson and Jeremy Starks
With the College Fishing National Championship and the kickoff of the Rayovac FLW Series Central Division going on, this past weekend was pretty hotly anticipated. Lucky for fishing fans, it sure lived up to the billing.
Competitors in the FLW College Fishing National Championship mostly targeted bass feeding on spawning blueback herring on shallow points and main-lake pockets. Across the board, herring-imitating baits such as soft jerkbaits, swimbaits, topwaters, wake baits and umbrella rigs dominated the event.
Check out photos from the final Southern Divisional weigh-in!
Familiar water and tidal fishing knowledge paid off for South Carolina’s John Proctor, overall winner of the Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional held on the Pee Dee River Basin.
I’m not usually a big proponent of local advantage in Elite Series tournaments, but in this case, I think some past experience will come in handy. It’s going to be a track meet where a track record will help.