RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Cooter High School duo of Garrett Angotti of Steele, Missouri, and Brice Davis of Blytheville, Arkansas, won the U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Open at Lake Dardanelle Presented by Googan Baits on Saturday in Russellville, Arkansas.
According to post-tournament reports, the duo caught their fish targeting rock piles in 12 feet of water with a crankbait, a buzzbait, and flipping a jig.
The event was hosted by Russellville Advertising & Promotions and the victory advanced the winning team to the 2022 U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing National Championship.
TOP 10 RESULTS
|RANK||SCHOOL/CLUB NAME/CITY||ANGLER NAME||BASS||WEIGHT|
|1st||Cooter High School, Cooter, Mo.*||Garrett Angotti, Steele, Mo. Brice Davis, Blytheville, Ark.||5||14-11|
|2nd||Russellville High School, Russellville, Ark.*||Jackson Roumbanis, Russellville, Ark. Jadon Spencer, London, Ark.||5||12-11|
|3rd||Broken Arrow High School, Broken Arrow, Okla.||Cody Hays, Broken Arrow, Okla. Jessee Muller, Broken Arrow, Okla.||5||11-14|
|4th||Vilonia High School, Vilonia, Ark.||Casey Tissue, Vilonia, Ark. Clayton Vote, Greenbrier, Ark.||5||11-0|
|5th||Bryant High School, Bryant, Ark.||Tucker Dottley, Little Rock, Ark. Brandon Gabe, Alexander, Ark.||4||8-9|
|6th||Sequoyah High School, Tahlequah, Okla.||Carl Robbins, Park Hill, Okla. Logan Taulbee, Tahlequah, Okla.||4||7-10|
|7th||Lamar High School, Lamar, Ark.||Emelia Mize, Clarksville, Ark. Jack Mize, Clarksville, Ark.||3||7-2|
|8th||NCA Fishing||Lane King, Harrison, Ark. Coleman Phillips, Harrison, Ark.||2||6-11|
|9th||Vilonia High School, Vilonia, Ark.||Mason Davis, Vilonia, Ark. Kevin Finch, Conway, Ark.||3||5-15|
|10th||Wagoner High School, Wagoner, Okla.||Garrett Barton, Wagoner, Okla. Braden Lankford, Wagoner, Okla.||3||5-13|
*National Championship Qualifier. The top 10% of teams advance to the 2021 U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing National Championship
Complete results from the event can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
2022 UPCOMING QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES
|2022 U.S. Army High School Fishing National Championship & World Finals||June 22-25, 2022||Pickwick Lake & Wilson Lake||Florence-Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau|
U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing tournaments are free, two-person (team) events for students in grades 7-12 and are open to any MLF and Student Angler Federation-affiliated high school club. The top 10 percent of teams at each Open event along with the TBF High School Fishing state championships will advance to the 2021 U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing National Championship. The U.S. Army High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.
The first 25 high school teams that enter each U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing tournament will receive a free Favorite Fishing package, including one Favorite Fishing casting rod and reel, one Favorite Fishing spinning rod and reel, six packs of Googan Baits and two Favorite Fishing hats, a total package value of $230. Most tournaments are also hosted by a Bass Pro Tour angler or Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit angler, giving high school students the chance to meet the sport’s top pros. As an added bonus, the winning team at each tournament will receive a guided fishing trip with their pro angler host.
In addition to the U.S. Army High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest open high school bass tournament, the 2022 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. More than $2.8 million in scholarships and prizes were offered at the 2021 World Finals.