The Vinita High School duo of Tyler Lake and Jessie Woodward, both of Vinita, Oklahoma, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 22 pounds, 11 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Texoma Open.
A field of 26 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from Highport Marina in Pottsboro. The tournament was hosted by the Denison Area Chamber of Commerce. In FLW and TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.
The top two teams on Lake Texoma that advanced to the 2019 High School Fishing National Championship:
1st: Vinita High School, Vinita, Okla. – Tyler Lake and Jesse Woodward, both of Vinita, Okla., five bass, 22-11
2nd: Norman North High School, Norman, Okla. – Hunter Meadows and Cameron Meadows, both of Midwest City, Okla., five bass, 19-1
Rounding out the top 10:
3rd: Tushka High School, Tushka, Okla. – Seth Daniel and Sam Kennedy, both of Atoka, Okla., five bass, 16-4
4th: Charles Page High School, Sand Springs, Okla. – Reese David and Mack Taylor, both of Sand Springs, Okla., five bass, 14-6
5th: Mannford High School, Mannford, Okla. – Todd McKinley, Mannford, Okla., and Cole Kilpatrick, Yale, Okla., five bass, 13-3
6th: Broken Arrow High School, Broken Arrow, Okla. – Michael Reiss and Max Klein, both of Broken Arrow, Okla., five bass, 12-7
7th: Queen City High School, Queen City, Texas – Rylan Donaldson, Queen City, Texas, and Carson Dillinger, Bloomberg, Texas, five bass, 11-14
8th: Westmoore High School, Oklahoma City, Okla. – Joshua Smith, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Colton White, Moore, Okla., five bass, 11-9
9th: Queen City High School, Queen City, Texas – Ryan Ream and Dylan Benson, both of Atlanta, Texas, five bass, 11-0
10th: Calvary Baptist Academy, Shreveport, La. – Mark Andrew Trant and Noah Trant, both of Bossier City, La., five bass, 10-15
Complete results from the event can be found at FLWFishing.com.
The 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Texoma 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 2019 High School Fishing National Championship on a body of water that has yet to be revealed. 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 open high school bass tournament, the 2019 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. At the 2018 World Finals more than $150,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.