TEMPE, Ariz. – Jacob Wall, St. Mary’s High School and Colby Pearson, Crater High School, Ore., won the High School Western Regional tournament held on Saguaro Lake Saturday. TBF along with FLW held the high school tournament in conjunction with the FLW College Fishing Western Regional.
The team caught a five bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 0 ounces to beat San Benito High School, by 6 pounds, 9 ounces.
The team was drop-shotting along a bank in 8 to 20 feet of water.
“We pulled up to this random bank not knowing if it had fish or not,” Pearson said. “We just kept making passes along the same bank all day long and were able to milk it for 14 pounds.”
Both young anglers are planning to go to the University of Oregon so they can compete on the bass team while in college.
“We worked hard all day,” Wall said. “We had to fish really slow and thankfully it paid off.”
Rounding out the teams finalists:
2nd: San Benito High School, Manuel Munoz and Chris Fenk, five bass, 7-7
3rd: Victory Home School, Asa and Alex Schneidermann, two bass, 4-15
4th: Alta High School, Corey Quintana and Roy High School, Seth Hausman, three bass, 3-13
5th: Peoria High School, Michael and Cody Nugent, one bass, 1-10
6th: Pueblo West High School, Cody Crump and Matthew Mason, zero bass, 0-00
The winning team was determined by the heaviest weight for a maximum of five bass. Winning teams from each of five regional championships advances to the High School Fishing National Championship for a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship ($5,000 to each team member).
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