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May 24, 2012
Youth angler state championship held at Lake Murray
The Bass Federation (TBF) of South Carolina hosted their youth programs state championship on Lake Murray at Dreher Island State Park on May 19th. In all there were 98 young anglers from 17 schools and clubs from all around South Carolina. The State Champion Club was the St. Andrews Jr. Bass Anglers.
Two Juniors State Champions were also decided at this tournament, one in the 11-14 age group (Tanner Lindler with the St. Andrews Jr. Bass Anglers) and one from the 15-18 group (Clayton Lowder with the Santee Jr. Bass Club). They will both go on to The Juniors World Championship sponsored by The National Guard at Lake Lanier, Georgia later this year and compete for $5000 in scholarship money.
Participating schools include:
Mid-Carolina Junior Anglers
Ninety Six Youth Fishing Club
North Augusta Middle School
Saluda Youth Fishing
Santee Junior Bass Club
St. Andrews Jr. Bass Anglers
Waccamaw Youth Fishing Team
Conway High School
Dixie Hornet Anglers
Dorman High School
Lake Wylie Jr. Anglers
The Juniors State Champion in the 11-14 age group was Tanner Lindler of Lexington with four bass weighing in at 7.84 pounds. Tanner joined the St. Andrews Jr. Bass Anglers as soon as he was eligible and is now a veteran to the tournaments. Tanner is quickly becoming an expert "shakey head" worm fisherman.
In the 15-18 group, Clayton Lowder of Mayesville took top honors with a five bass limit of 14.30 pounds. He also started fishing at a very young age. Clayton is a member of Santee Jr. Bass Club and says his favorite technique is top water.
Both of the top age bracket winners received $500 checks from TBF to help with their expenses to the World Championship.
The winning team honors went to the St. Andrews Jr. Bass Anglers. Team members include Kyle Black, Chris Blanchette, Tanner Lindler, Michael Dial, Shane Cantley and David Bradley. They had a cumulative total weight of 45.21 pounds. All were awarded rod and reels from Abu Garcia as well as cash gift cards from Berkley.
The second place team was the Mid-Carolina Junior Anglers with a weight of 27.11 pounds. They all received gift cards donated by Sportsman’s Warehouse.
The Big Bass honors went to a 5.28 pound largemouth caught by Jacob Gray (11-14) of Abbeville. Michael Morris (15-18) reeled in a 4.96 pound lunker. They also received rod and reel combos as well as plaques for their achievement.
For the second year, Berkley Products and Abu Garcia were the major sponsors by providing rod and reel combinations for all the winners, cash gift cards, gift bags of baits and line and had commemorative t-shirts made for the event. Herndon Chevrolet and Sportsman’s Warehouse were also generous supporters.
Start a Youth Bass Fishing Club at your school by getting a minimum of six students (within the 11-18 year old range) with dues paid. You'll also need an adult at your school to help lead the club, provide advice and help arrange at least two club tournaments, fundraisers, speakers and other learning sessions pertaining to fishing for club meetings.
Find out more about Youth Bass Fishing Clubs by contacting Aquatic Education Coordinator Lorianne Riggin at (803) 737-8483 or RigginL@dnr.sc.gov.
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