Okeechobee High School Wins U.S. Army High School Fishing Open at Harris Chain of Lakes - Major League Fishing
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Okeechobee High School Wins U.S. Army High School Fishing Open at Harris Chain of Lakes

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February 15, 2021 • MLF • Press Releases

LEESBURG, Fla. – The Okeechobee High School duo of Tyler Scott and Zack Zainitzer, both of Palm City, Florida, won the U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Open at the Harris Chain of Lakes on Saturday in Leesburg, Florida. The event was hosted by Visit Lake County, Florida and the victory advanced the winning team to the 2021 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
 
Okeechobee High School*
 
Tyler Scott
Zack Zainitzer
 
5
 
23-3
 
2nd
 
Southern Boone High School*
 
Isaac Jacober
Nathan Vandelicht
 
5
 
19-5
 
3rd
 
Marion County Bass Masters*
 
Claude Loftin
Tyson Verkaik
 
5
 
17-8
 
4th
 
Oneida Lake Bassmasters Club
 
Christian Misciagna
Owen Niles
 
3
 
17-2
 
5th
 
Harmony High School
 
Grant Jackson
Grady Johnson
 
5
 
17-1
 
6th
 
Umatilla High School
 
Hayden Mooney
Owen Vanzant
 
5
 
15-1

 
7th
 
Hidden Lake Big Bass Club
 
Dalton Defelice
Elijah Meyers
 
5
 
15-0
 
8th
 
Central Florida Youth Anglers
 
Bryce Balentine
Carson Russell
 
5
 
14-8
 
9th
 
Mulberry Bassmasters Club
 
Andrew Ready
Garrett Thomas
 
5
 
13-11
 
10th
 
Detroit Lakes High School

 
Anthony Bender
Noah Besser
 
5
 
13-3
 

*National Championship Qualifier. The top 10 perccent 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.

2021 UPCOMING QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENT
 
DATE
 
LOCATION
 
HOST
 
U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Table Rock Lake Open
 
Mar. 27
 
Branson, Mo.
 
Explore Branson
 
2021 U.S. Army High School Fishing National Championship & World Finals
 
Jun. 30 – Jul. 3
 
Lake Hartwell, Anderson, S.C.
 
Anderson Convention & Visitors Bureau
 


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 will also be 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.    

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. 

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 2021 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 2020 World Finals.

Full schedules and the latest announcements, photos and articles are available at HighSchoolFishing.org and MajorLeagueFishing.com.