“Championship week” concludes today in north Alabama, beginning with the TBF/FLW High School Fishing National Championship on Wheeler Lake. The one-day tournament, which pits 13 qualifiers from 2016 Student Angler Federation High School Fishing Conference Championships against one another, kicked off at Joe Wheeler State Park this morning at 6:30 a.m. CT. Many of the teams are fishing from brand-new Ranger fishing crafts provided by FLW and Ranger Boats.
Each team consists of two high school anglers and an adult boat captain. Each team can weigh a combined five-fish limit. They’ll weigh ’em at 3 p.m. CT at McFarland Park in Florence, Ala., prior to the YETI FLW College Fishing Fish-Off weigh-in and the final weigh-in of the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League All-American.
The tournament, which is hosted by Florence/Lauderdale Tourism, features a top prize of a $10,000 scholarship, to be split between both members of the winning team.
Teams launched under partly cloudy skies with light winds from the east and a pleasant mid-60s air temperature. The forecast is for a warm and humid day, with highs reaching into the mid-80s. Basically, the conditions are identical to those of the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship that concluded on Wheeler yesterday. We an expect the high school teams to use similar strategies as what worked in the college tournament, including fishing offshore structure, docks and brush piles on the main lake or in larger creeks.
The weigh-in will air at FLWFishing.com via FLW Live.
High School Fishing National Championship Roster
Peru High School (New York) – Perry Marvin and Alex Lawliss
Waunakee Warriors (Wisconsin) – Colin Steck and Nathan Lorenz
Lawrenceburg Tigers (Indiana) – Hunter Schneider and William Halbig
Harmony High School (Florida) – Cole Thompson and Nick Cora
South Florence Bruins (South Carolina) – Cole Drummond and Piercen Lynch
Creek Wood High School (Tennessee) – Daniel Cheshire and Steven Mills
Corbin High School Redhounds (Kentucky) – Marcus Davis and Noah Metzger
Mortimer Jordan Blue Devils (Alabama) – Parker Davis and Aaron Stephens
Phoenix High School Bassmasters (Arizona) – Taj White and Nathan Cummings
Barbe High School (Louisiana) – Colby Robinson and Nick Nocilla
Texas Mabank High School (Texas) – Dakota Pfoh and Justin Shelton
Mount Ida Jr. Bass Hookers (Arkansas) – Hunter Bissell and Tye Whisenhunt
Benton High School (Arkansas) – Ryan Mozisek and Josh Gray
Note: A second 2017 championship event will be held June 27-July 1 at Pickwick. Contestants in that event qualify via 2017 season tournaments.