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Columbia Bass Pro Shops High School Invitational

Bass Pro Shops manager David Smith  (left)  and Bass Pro Shops staff members Jack Uxa and Blaine Abbott congratulate Chip Malmstrom, Helias Crusaders bass fishing team coach, on his team’s victory in the Columbia Bass Pro Shops High School Invitational. (Photos courtesy of Bass Pro Shops)

Bass Pro Shops manager David Smith (left) and Bass Pro Shops staff members Jack Uxa and Blaine Abbott congratulate Chip Malmstrom, Helias Crusaders bass fishing team coach, on his team’s victory in the Columbia Bass Pro Shops High School Invitational. (Photos courtesy of Bass Pro Shops)

Helias, Southern Boone compete in high school bass tournament

Columbia, Mo.—The Columbia Bass Pro Shops showed its continuing support for high school bass fishing by holding a special tournament June 12 at the store’s pond.

The first Columbia Bass Pro Shops High School Invitational pitted the Helias Crusaders against the Southern Boone Eagles in a two-hour tournament. Columbia Bass Pro Shops manager David Smith said the event was a show of support by the company and his store for high school bass fishing. “We had two schools (Southern Boone and Helias) that for the last year participated with us to help promote the activity in their schools and because of their participation we invited them to this invitational tournament,” Smith said.

Seven Helias anglers and four Southern Boone anglers competed in the invitational featuring a hole-rotation format. “We separated the lake into four different sections and the kids were in groups,” Smith said. “They spent 30 minutes per section and then rotated to another section.”
The Helias Crusaders won the tournament and a $1,000 scholarship from the Columbia Bass Pro Shops store. The Helias team also swept the following awards: first place total weight, Ethan Johnson; second place, Hudsen Lee; third place, Jared Steinbeck; and big bass, Jacob Welch. The individual award winners received Bass Pro Shops gift cards.

Mexico Bassmasters club members served as weigh-in officials during the competition and cooked hot dogs for the anglers after the event. Club members helping with the tournament were Sid Stephens, Gary Pelzel, Kenny Miller, Brian Jarrett, Duane Mauzey, Geoff Lancaster, John Bleidistel and Mike Wallis.

Smith plans to make the tournament an annual event at the store and wants to add more teams. “We are hoping to continue to sponsor teams and would love to get some Columbia schools involved and a few more of the Jefferson City schools and surrounding area schools,” he said.

Teen Anglers Championship slated for Table Rock Lake

Kimberling City, Mo.—More than 300 high school and middle school students are expected to compete in the Teen Anglers 2016 Championship June 18-19 at Table Rock Lake.

Teen Anglers Vice President J.P. Sell noted all of the registration forms are not in yet, but he predicts more than 180 two-angler teams will be competing in the championship. “We have 54 schools actively involved with our program this year,” Sell said.

This will be the second time the Teen Anglers circuit visits Table Rock Lake. The circuit held a qualifying event at Table Rock April 17 when Ozark High School anglers Brennan Banks and Sawyer Collins caught a five-fish limit weighing 17.24 pounds to win the high school division of the tournament.

Table Rock bass are moving out and settling into a “typical summer pattern” of suspending over deeper water, according to Table Rock guide Mike Webb.

“There are a few fish still in that 10- to 15-foot range,” Webb said. “The best fish are coming on topwater lures early over trees and on spoons in deeper docks. But the numbers are coming on drop shot rigs 30 to 40 feet deep.”
Heavy rains have stained the waters up lake from Indian Point and in all of Long Creek. “The tournament in my opinion will be won in the White River arm from Baxter to Shell Knob,” Webb said.

For more details on the Teen Anglers circuit, visit www.teenanglers.net or e-mail teenanglers@lews.com.

Teen Anglers ready to fish Stockon

John Neporadny
573/365-4296

Teen Anglers ready to fish Stockon

Stockton, Mo.—The timing could be perfect for bass fishing when the final qualifying tournament of the Teen Anglers circuit arrives May 22 at Stockton Lake.

Jimmy Davis of Willard notes largemouth bass should be shallow during the tournament for high school and middle school anglers. “We are still seeing a few spawners and I think there will be another wave when it gets close to the full moon (May 21) so the second wave of the spawn should come on then,” Davis said.

The tournament veteran reports the water temperature is ranging from 68 to 73 degrees and the lake level is “a little high” with some shoreline bushes in the water

“Bass fishing has been pretty good,” Davis said. “Topwater should be a real strong suit for everybody. Fishing shallow around the edges of the bushes and stuff should produce a lot of fish whether they are throwing a shaky head or flipping some sort of bait. They are probably going to catch some fish out on the points as well.“

Republic High School’s Gerald Snook and Josh Perkins won last year’s Teen Anglers tournament at Stockton with a five-fish limit weighing 14.13 pounds and earned the first big bass award with a 6.49-pound largemouth. They caught all of their fish during the April event on shaky heads with Strike King Zeroes.

Teen Anglers, Inc. was created last year as a circuit for high school fishing clubs to compete in three qualifying bass tournaments with a championship in June. The circuit was originally open to Missouri high school students but membership has been expanded to middle and high school students from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas. The next Teen Angler event will be the circuit’s championship set for June 18 and 19 at a site to be announced after the Stockton tournament.

For more information about Teen Anglers, visit www.teenanglers.net or e-mail teenanglers@lews.com.

Teen Angler Table Rock April Photo Gallery

Missouri Teen Anglers Fishing at Table Rock Lake

Ozark High anglers win at Table Rock

By John Neporadny Jr.

Kimberling City, Mo.—Relying on a lure they rarely throw paid off in a victory for Ozark High School anglers Brennan Banks and Sawyer Collins during the Teen Anglers bass tournament April 17 at Table Rock Lake.

Banks and Collins caught all six of their keepers on Keitech swimbaits and finished the day with a five-fish limit weighing 17.24 pounds to win the high school division of the Teen Anglers event. Banks also caught the tournament’s biggest bass, a 6.11-pound largemouth.

Both anglers admitted they seldom throw a swimbait at Table Rock. “I know a lot of people who do (fish a swimbait) but I haven’t done it a lot here,” Banks said.

Ozark High School’s Brennan Banks (left) and Sawyer Collins won the Teen Anglers tournament April 17 at Table Rock Lake.

Ozark High School’s Brennan Banks (left) and Sawyer Collins won the Teen Anglers tournament April 17 at Table Rock Lake.

Collins noted he has thrown swimbaits on Alabama rigs in the past, but it was the first time he had used a single bait on a jighead. “We didn’t get a lot of bites but all the fish we caught were quality ones,” said Collins, who caught one of the team’s keepers. “My issue was a confidence issue. I wasn’t really confident throwing the bait so I didn’t really feel like I was going to catch the fish.”

The Ozark High anglers fished the day before but had little success on the swimbait pattern in practice. “It was just something we kind of figured out (during the tournament),” Banks said. They threw their swimbaits along bluff ends and windy points were bass were holding at depths of 8 to 12 feet.

Running square-bill crankbaits into shallow wood on the Kings River arm produced a 15.24-pound limit and a second-place finish for Parkview High’s Riley Rathbun and Devon Rathbun. The brothers had to miss practice because they had baseball games the day before the tournament, so they just relied on a pattern that has produced for them in the past at Table Rock.

Parkview High School brothers Riley (left) and Devon Rathbun finished in second place at the Teen Anglers tournament April 17 at Table Rock Lake.

Parkview High School brothers Riley (left) and Devon Rathbun finished in second place at the Teen Anglers tournament April 17 at Table Rock Lake.

Riley noted they caught all of their fish on black-and-chartreuse or citrus shad square-bill crankbaits that they ran by wood cover along pea gravel banks about 2 feet deep. “The closer we got it to the wood the better off we were,” he said.
They retrieved their crankbaits at a medium speed, according to Devon. “We wanted it to hit (the wood) somewhat hard but we didn’t want to burn it by them too fast,” he said.

Finishing third with a 15.21-pound limit was the Logan-Rogersville team of Trevor Booth and Jonah Popa. “We just kept on the same thing and kept keying on the little things,” Booth said.

Keying on bluff banks, Booth and Popa worked tube baits on 3/8-ounce jigheads 3 to 7 feet deep to catch 10 keepers throughout the day. ”We just fished the tube like we would a jig,” Booth said.

Logan-Rogersville High School anglers Trevor Booth (left) and Jonah Popa took third place in the Teen Anglers tournament April 17 at Table Rock Lake.

Logan-Rogersville High School anglers Trevor Booth (left) and Jonah Popa took third place in the Teen Anglers tournament April 17 at Table Rock Lake.


“It’s not really a pattern for this time of year so we were catching them on more of a summer jigging pattern,” Popa said.

In the middle school competition, Sam Englemeyer of Logan-Rogersville won the tournament with two fish weighing 4.91 pounds. Second place went to Lincoln’s Hayden Beamen with two fish at 4.39 pounds and Andrew Sell of Logan-Rogersville took third with two fish totaling 4.34.

The tournament drew 171 boats representing 50 Missouri high schools. The field included approximately 320 high school anglers and 26 middle school competitors.

The final qualifying event of the Teen Anglers regular season will be held May 22 at Stockton Lake. For more details on the Teen Anglers circuit, visit www.teenanglers.net or e-mail teenanglers@lews.com.

Columbia Bass Pro Shops High School Invitational

Bass Pro Shops manager David Smith  (left)  and Bass Pro Shops staff members Jack Uxa and Blaine Abbott congratulate Chip Malmstrom, Helias Crusaders bass fishing team coach, on his team’s victory in the Columbia Bass Pro Shops High School Invitational. (Photos courtesy of Bass Pro Shops)

Bass Pro Shops manager David Smith (left) and Bass Pro Shops staff members Jack Uxa and Blaine Abbott congratulate Chip Malmstrom, Helias Crusaders bass fishing team coach, on his team’s victory in the Columbia Bass Pro Shops High School Invitational. (Photos courtesy of Bass Pro Shops)

Helias, Southern Boone compete in high school bass tournament

Columbia, Mo.—The Columbia Bass Pro Shops showed its continuing support for high school bass fishing by holding a special tournament June 12 at the store’s pond.

The first Columbia Bass Pro Shops High School Invitational pitted the Helias Crusaders against the Southern Boone Eagles in a two-hour tournament. Columbia Bass Pro Shops manager David Smith said the event was a show of support by the company and his store for high school bass fishing. “We had two schools (Southern Boone and Helias) that for the last year participated with us to help promote the activity in their schools and because of their participation we invited them to this invitational tournament,” Smith said.

Seven Helias anglers and four Southern Boone anglers competed in the invitational featuring a hole-rotation format. “We separated the lake into four different sections and the kids were in groups,” Smith said. “They spent 30 minutes per section and then rotated to another section.”
The Helias Crusaders won the tournament and a $1,000 scholarship from the Columbia Bass Pro Shops store. The Helias team also swept the following awards: first place total weight, Ethan Johnson; second place, Hudsen Lee; third place, Jared Steinbeck; and big bass, Jacob Welch. The individual award winners received Bass Pro Shops gift cards.

Mexico Bassmasters club members served as weigh-in officials during the competition and cooked hot dogs for the anglers after the event. Club members helping with the tournament were Sid Stephens, Gary Pelzel, Kenny Miller, Brian Jarrett, Duane Mauzey, Geoff Lancaster, John Bleidistel and Mike Wallis.

Smith plans to make the tournament an annual event at the store and wants to add more teams. “We are hoping to continue to sponsor teams and would love to get some Columbia schools involved and a few more of the Jefferson City schools and surrounding area schools,” he said.

Teen Anglers Championship slated for Table Rock Lake

Kimberling City, Mo.—More than 300 high school and middle school students are expected to compete in the Teen Anglers 2016 Championship June 18-19 at Table Rock Lake.

Teen Anglers Vice President J.P. Sell noted all of the registration forms are not in yet, but he predicts more than 180 two-angler teams will be competing in the championship. “We have 54 schools actively involved with our program this year,” Sell said.

This will be the second time the Teen Anglers circuit visits Table Rock Lake. The circuit held a qualifying event at Table Rock April 17 when Ozark High School anglers Brennan Banks and Sawyer Collins caught a five-fish limit weighing 17.24 pounds to win the high school division of the tournament.

Table Rock bass are moving out and settling into a “typical summer pattern” of suspending over deeper water, according to Table Rock guide Mike Webb.

“There are a few fish still in that 10- to 15-foot range,” Webb said. “The best fish are coming on topwater lures early over trees and on spoons in deeper docks. But the numbers are coming on drop shot rigs 30 to 40 feet deep.”
Heavy rains have stained the waters up lake from Indian Point and in all of Long Creek. “The tournament in my opinion will be won in the White River arm from Baxter to Shell Knob,” Webb said.

For more details on the Teen Anglers circuit, visit www.teenanglers.net or e-mail teenanglers@lews.com.

Teen Anglers ready to fish Stockon

John Neporadny
573/365-4296

Teen Anglers ready to fish Stockon

Stockton, Mo.—The timing could be perfect for bass fishing when the final qualifying tournament of the Teen Anglers circuit arrives May 22 at Stockton Lake.

Jimmy Davis of Willard notes largemouth bass should be shallow during the tournament for high school and middle school anglers. “We are still seeing a few spawners and I think there will be another wave when it gets close to the full moon (May 21) so the second wave of the spawn should come on then,” Davis said.

The tournament veteran reports the water temperature is ranging from 68 to 73 degrees and the lake level is “a little high” with some shoreline bushes in the water

“Bass fishing has been pretty good,” Davis said. “Topwater should be a real strong suit for everybody. Fishing shallow around the edges of the bushes and stuff should produce a lot of fish whether they are throwing a shaky head or flipping some sort of bait. They are probably going to catch some fish out on the points as well.“

Republic High School’s Gerald Snook and Josh Perkins won last year’s Teen Anglers tournament at Stockton with a five-fish limit weighing 14.13 pounds and earned the first big bass award with a 6.49-pound largemouth. They caught all of their fish during the April event on shaky heads with Strike King Zeroes.

Teen Anglers, Inc. was created last year as a circuit for high school fishing clubs to compete in three qualifying bass tournaments with a championship in June. The circuit was originally open to Missouri high school students but membership has been expanded to middle and high school students from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas. The next Teen Angler event will be the circuit’s championship set for June 18 and 19 at a site to be announced after the Stockton tournament.

For more information about Teen Anglers, visit www.teenanglers.net or e-mail teenanglers@lews.com.

Teen Angler Table Rock April Photo Gallery

Missouri Teen Anglers Fishing at Table Rock Lake

Ozark High anglers win at Table Rock

By John Neporadny Jr.

Kimberling City, Mo.—Relying on a lure they rarely throw paid off in a victory for Ozark High School anglers Brennan Banks and Sawyer Collins during the Teen Anglers bass tournament April 17 at Table Rock Lake.

Banks and Collins caught all six of their keepers on Keitech swimbaits and finished the day with a five-fish limit weighing 17.24 pounds to win the high school division of the Teen Anglers event. Banks also caught the tournament’s biggest bass, a 6.11-pound largemouth.

Both anglers admitted they seldom throw a swimbait at Table Rock. “I know a lot of people who do (fish a swimbait) but I haven’t done it a lot here,” Banks said.

Ozark High School’s Brennan Banks (left) and Sawyer Collins won the Teen Anglers tournament April 17 at Table Rock Lake.

Ozark High School’s Brennan Banks (left) and Sawyer Collins won the Teen Anglers tournament April 17 at Table Rock Lake.

Collins noted he has thrown swimbaits on Alabama rigs in the past, but it was the first time he had used a single bait on a jighead. “We didn’t get a lot of bites but all the fish we caught were quality ones,” said Collins, who caught one of the team’s keepers. “My issue was a confidence issue. I wasn’t really confident throwing the bait so I didn’t really feel like I was going to catch the fish.”

The Ozark High anglers fished the day before but had little success on the swimbait pattern in practice. “It was just something we kind of figured out (during the tournament),” Banks said. They threw their swimbaits along bluff ends and windy points were bass were holding at depths of 8 to 12 feet.

Running square-bill crankbaits into shallow wood on the Kings River arm produced a 15.24-pound limit and a second-place finish for Parkview High’s Riley Rathbun and Devon Rathbun. The brothers had to miss practice because they had baseball games the day before the tournament, so they just relied on a pattern that has produced for them in the past at Table Rock.

Parkview High School brothers Riley (left) and Devon Rathbun finished in second place at the Teen Anglers tournament April 17 at Table Rock Lake.

Parkview High School brothers Riley (left) and Devon Rathbun finished in second place at the Teen Anglers tournament April 17 at Table Rock Lake.

Riley noted they caught all of their fish on black-and-chartreuse or citrus shad square-bill crankbaits that they ran by wood cover along pea gravel banks about 2 feet deep. “The closer we got it to the wood the better off we were,” he said.
They retrieved their crankbaits at a medium speed, according to Devon. “We wanted it to hit (the wood) somewhat hard but we didn’t want to burn it by them too fast,” he said.

Finishing third with a 15.21-pound limit was the Logan-Rogersville team of Trevor Booth and Jonah Popa. “We just kept on the same thing and kept keying on the little things,” Booth said.

Keying on bluff banks, Booth and Popa worked tube baits on 3/8-ounce jigheads 3 to 7 feet deep to catch 10 keepers throughout the day. ”We just fished the tube like we would a jig,” Booth said.

Logan-Rogersville High School anglers Trevor Booth (left) and Jonah Popa took third place in the Teen Anglers tournament April 17 at Table Rock Lake.

Logan-Rogersville High School anglers Trevor Booth (left) and Jonah Popa took third place in the Teen Anglers tournament April 17 at Table Rock Lake.


“It’s not really a pattern for this time of year so we were catching them on more of a summer jigging pattern,” Popa said.

In the middle school competition, Sam Englemeyer of Logan-Rogersville won the tournament with two fish weighing 4.91 pounds. Second place went to Lincoln’s Hayden Beamen with two fish at 4.39 pounds and Andrew Sell of Logan-Rogersville took third with two fish totaling 4.34.

The tournament drew 171 boats representing 50 Missouri high schools. The field included approximately 320 high school anglers and 26 middle school competitors.

The final qualifying event of the Teen Anglers regular season will be held May 22 at Stockton Lake. For more details on the Teen Anglers circuit, visit www.teenanglers.net or e-mail teenanglers@lews.com.

Eldridge, Conway win Teen Anglers season opener at Lake of the Ozarks

Eldridge, Conway win Teen Anglers season opener at Lake of the Ozarks

John Neporadny Jr.

Osage Beach, Mo.—Although the Teen Anglers bass tournament circuit opened on the first day of spring, March 20 delivered a blast of winter weather to young bass anglers at the Lake of the Ozarks.

A field of 154 boats of high school and middle school anglers encountered freezing temperatures and a cold northwest wind during the morning takeoff. “It was really cold,” said Ozark High School angler Keeley Combs of her morning ride.

Lew’s CEO Lynn Reeves presented first-place plaques to Mount Vernon High’s Clay Eldridge (left) and Noel  Conway, the winners of the Teen Anglers bass tournament series opener March 20 at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Lew’s CEO Lynn Reeves presented first-place plaques to Mount Vernon High’s Clay Eldridge (left) and Noel Conway, the winners of the Teen Anglers bass tournament series opener March 20 at the Lake of the Ozarks.

A cold front that passed through the lake area over the weekend slowed down the action on competition day but Mount Vernon High School anglers Clay Eldridge and Noel Conway managed to catch a five-fish limit weighing 19.95 pounds to win the high school division of the Teen Anglers event. Both anglers were fishing in their first high school tournament ever for the newly formed Mount Vernon team. The rookie competitors admitted when they practiced on Table Rock Lake the Thursday before the tournament it was the first time they had ever used bait-cast reels. Eldridge said the practice at Table Rock was the first time he had ever fished a large lake and Conway noted his practice session was the first time he had ever ran a trolling motor.

The Mount Vernon anglers overcame their inexperience and some missed opportunities to complete their limit about 15 minutes before they had to weigh in. “This morning we lost several fish,” Conway said. “I probably lost three or four 5-pound fish this morning. I just didn’t get the hook set right.”

They caught all of their fish on white spinnerbaits with double Colorado blades about 8 to 12 feet deep along secondary points. The winners caught a few bass in spurts during the morning, but the action picked up for them later in the day. “Once it stated getting a little warmer we started catching more of them,” Eldridge said.

Receiving second-place plaques from Lew’s CEO Lynn Reeves for their high finish at the Teen Anglers season opener March 20 at the Lake of the Ozarks were the brother-and-sister team of Dalton and Keeley Combs from Ozark High School.

Receiving second-place plaques from Lew’s CEO Lynn Reeves for their high finish at the Teen Anglers season opener March 20 at the Lake of the Ozarks were the brother-and-sister team of Dalton and Keeley Combs from Ozark High School.

The Ozark High School brother-and-sister team of Dalton and Keeley Combs finished in second place with a limit weighing 18.97 pounds. Dalton Combs won the Teen Anglers Championship last year, but his sister Keeley, who caught two Lake of the Ozarks keepers, was fishing in her first tournament.

Jerking pearl-and-chartreuse Megabass suspending stickbaits along bluff ends and in the backs of pockets produced all of the Combs’ keepers. “I threw it so shallow that I couldn’t reel down or I would get hung,” Dalton said. “So as soon as I threw out there I would start jerking. All of my fish came very shallow (about 2 to 6 feet deep). We mainly keyed on big rocks or pea gravel that had a little log or something out of the ordinary along the bank.”

Corbin Mertgen and Heath Renno of Lincoln High School never got a chance to practice for the tournament because they had a baseball game the previous day. However they still managed to take third place in the Teen Anglers event with a 16.43-pound limit. The Lincoln anglers finished fifth in last year’s Teen Anglers event at Lake of the Ozarks.

Lew’s CEO Lynn Reeves congratulated Lincoln High School anglers Heath Renno and Corbin Mertgen on their third-place finish in the Teen Anglers season opener March 20 at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Lew’s CEO Lynn Reeves congratulated Lincoln High School anglers Heath Renno and Corbin Mertgen on their third-place finish in the Teen Anglers season opener March 20 at the Lake of the Ozarks.

“Early on we worked switching back and forth between (blue/orange belly) jerkbaits and (white and chartreuse) double willowleaf spinnerbaits,” Renno said of their pattern. “We just worked them slow along banks pretty much all day.” He noted they caught two fish early, but then the action died the next four hours and picked up again the last two hours when the sun broke through the clouds.

Most of the fish they caught were holding about 7 to 10 feet deep. “We were just keying on small rock secondary points where the wind was blowing into the banks,” Mertgen said.

Gage Meadors of Logan-Rogersville won the middle school division while Logan-Rogersville’s Kendall Meadors took second place and Sterling Scott of Park Hill South finished third.

The tournament drew 306 high school anglers and 18 middle school contestants from 46 schools.

The next Teen Anglers tournament will be held April 17 at Table Rock Lake. For more details on the Teen Anglers circuit, visit www.teenanglers.net.

Ozark High’s Combs and Satterly win Teen Anglers Championship

Ozark High’s Combs and Satterly win Teen Anglers Championship

Stockton, Mo.—After top five finishes by Ozark High School teams in all three qualifying events, Ozark’s Dalton Combs and Joe Satterly finally sealed the deal for their school by winning the Teen Anglers Championship June 13-14 at Stockton Lake.

In previous Teen Angler events, Ozark teams finished fourth at Lake of the Ozarks, fifth at Table Rock and Combs and Satterly placed fourth at the Stockton qualifier. This time Combs and Satterly topped a field of 79 teams from 25 schools with a two-day catch of 21.99 pounds to win the inaugural championship. They each collected a $1,500 scholarship from Lew’s and earned the first big bass award (two $500 gift certificates to Sportsman’s Factory Outlet) with a 6.50-pound largemouth. Lew’s provided $10,000 in scholarship money to the top five finishing teams and $2,000 in gift certificates to its Sportsman’s Factory Outlet for the three big bass awards.

Ozark High School anglers Dalton Combs (left) and Joe Satterly won the inaugural Teen Anglers Championship June 13-14 at Stockton Lake with a two-day catch of 10 bass weighing 21.99 pounds.

Ozark High School anglers Dalton Combs (left) and Joe Satterly won the inaugural Teen Anglers Championship June 13-14 at Stockton Lake with a two-day catch of 10 bass weighing 21.99 pounds.

The first competition day Combs and Satterly weighed in a five-fish limit totaling only 8.79 pounds and held 24th place in the standings. “We hit points that were really deep and caught a bunch of keepers but we just couldn’t get the right ones,” Combs said.

They caught all of their fish on a 3/16-ounce shaky jighead with a watermelon candy Zoom Trick Worm. “We would shake it then give a long pause and usually when we would go back to shaking the fish would be on there,” Combs said.

The second day they employed the same technique to catch their limit by 10 a.m. “We tried switching up going to deeper water and bigger lures,” said Satterly. They culled out two fish and finished the day with 13.20 pounds to clinch the championship.

Republic High’s Brandon Durr and Hunter Gill finished second and each earned $1,250 in scholarship money with 10 largemouth bass weighing 21.87 pounds. “Stockton’s not necessarily our home lake but we do get to come up here pretty often,” Gill said. “We got to practice Thursday and it was pretty tough but we found out what we were going to do Friday.” Durr said. They caught their fish both days on either 1/4-ounce shaky jigheads with a green pumpkin Zero worms or 7/16-ounce shaky jigheads with green pumpkin magnum finesse worms dragged slowly along main lake points and drop-offs 15 feet deep.

Hudsen Lee and Trent Distler of Helias High School placed third with eight bass weighing 21.83 and received $1,000 apiece in scholarship money. They led the tournament the first day with a 15.30-limit but fell to third after catching only three keepers weighing 6.53 the final day. Both days the Helias anglers threw Zara Spooks and buzz baits in the morning and followed up with shaky head worms and jigs in the afternoon. They found their fish in scattered brush about 6 to 15 feet deep.

Hillcrest High’s Garrett Moeller and Ashley Ruggles settled into fourth place with 21.13 pounds and collected $750 apiece in scholarship money. Moeller noted the first day they caught their fish throwing horsehead jigs with Arkansas shiner Keitech swimbaits and crankbaits and flipping Texas-rigged 10-inch plastic worms to riprap around bridges. Ruggles said the fishing was “a lot tougher” the second day when they had to catch their fish flipping 10-inch worms to flooded bushes 1 to 3 feet deep.

Finishing fifth with 20.05 pounds and receiving $500 each in scholarship money was the Republic High team of Jace Houchin and Colton Mease. They caught all of their fish both days on spinnerbaits, Pigsticker jigs, and shaky head jigs along wind-blown bluff ends. The Republic anglers also won the third big bass award of two $200 gift certificates with a 5.56-pounder. The second big bass award of two $300 gift certificates went to Logan-Rogersville High’s Garrett Jernigan and Tad Mitchell with a 5.93-pound largemouth.

The raffle ticket drawing to raise money for a Teen Anglers scholarship fund was held after the Day 2 weigh-in. Leon Holt of Springfield was the winner of the 2014 Ford F150 XL pickup truck.

Gill and Durr win Teen Anglers finale

Republic High’s Gill and Durr win Teen Anglers finale

Kimberling City, Mo.—Republic High School continued its domination of Missouri high school bass tournaments with another victory in the Teen Anglers circuit season finale May 16 at Table Rock Lake.

Republic High School anglers Hunter Gill and Brandon Durr won the Teen Anglers circuit season finale at Table Rock Lake with a five-fish limit weighing 12.33 pounds.

Republic High School anglers Hunter Gill and Brandon Durr won the Teen Anglers circuit season finale at Table Rock Lake with a five-fish limit weighing 12.33 pounds.

Republic’s Brandon Durr and Hunter Gill teamed up to top a 94-boat field with a five-fish limit weighing 12.33 pounds. The same two anglers won the Missouri High School Fall Classic Bass Tournament at Lake of the Ozarks last October and were instrumental in helping Republic win the 2014 Bass Pro Shops Open Championship of High School Fishing at Table Rock. A Republic team of Gerald Snook and Josh Perkins also won the previous Teen Anglers event April 11 at Stockton Lake.

Chasing schooling bass was the key to victory for Durr and Gill at Table Rock. “When it was cloudy we threw Zara Spooks and when it was sunny we were sticking with spoons and catching fish under the surface then,” Gill said.

Durr and Gill found their fish the Wednesday before the tournament when they fished a tournament at Cape Fair. “We did pretty good up the James River so we kind of got the gut feeling to start up there,” said Durr, who recalled they had a limit by 8 a.m. “We culled all day long and probably had three or four limits of fish.”

The Republic anglers fished main lake structure and kept their boat over depths of 30 feet. Durr estimated the fish were suspended 15 to 20 feet deep.

Gill noted they experimented with the retrieve speed of their Spooks when the fish were surfacing. “One of us would work it a little faster and one of us would work it a little slower but it really didn’t matter,” he said. When the surface activity subsided, Gill used a 1/2-ounce Dixie Jett Spoon while Durr relied on a Jewel Bait Company Scuba Spoon to continue catching schooling bass.

“If they were schooling and we were just catching Kentuckies, after we had a limit we tried to leave those fish and find other schooling fish that had largemouth in it,” said Gill. Their winning bag included three largemouth and two smallmouth bass.

Ava High School angler Cody Huff fished solo in the season finale and finished second with an 11.92-pound limit consisting of four smallmouth and one quality largemouth. “I ended up throwing topwaters (Zara Spooks and Red Fins) all day long and ended up catching the fish I needed,” said Huff, who recently received a scholarship to fish for the Bethel College bass team.
Huff followed around one school of fish by either locating the school on his electronics or watching for busting fish. “I just waited for them to get active,” he said.

The Glendale High duo of Jack Rankin and Mason McDonald took third place with an 11.63 limit. They caught one keeper on a Red Fin in their first 30 minutes of fishing but then switched to the small jig and stickworm combo known as the Ned Rig. “The first one we caught was a keeper and from then on they just kept on coming and we ended up catching eight keepers on the Ned Rig,” Rankin said. McDonald noted they kept their boat over a depth of 20 feet and cast their Ned Rigs to pea gravel banks.

Fourth place went to Nixa High anglers Brett Linville and Evan Ouellette who weighed in an 11.52 limit. They caught most of their fish slowly dragging a green pumpkin tube bait with a 1/4-ounce jighead along secondary points and deep pockets, according to Ouellette. Linville said he caught one quality bass fishing the tube around a boat dock.
Ozark High’s Austin Thrap and Tristan Cunninham brought in an 11.17-pound limit to finish fifth. Thrap noted they caught all of their fish bouncing or dragging 5/16-ounce Ned Rigs and 7/16-ounce wobble head jigs with Jackall Cover Craws around docks along pea gravel and chunk rock banks.

The big bass of the tournament weighing 3.67 pounds was caught by Willard High’s Austin Ware and Drew Underhill.
Winning Anglers of the Year honors were Hillcrest High’s Ashley Ruggles and Garrett Moeller who finished with 618 points.
The Teen Anglers Championship will be held June 13-14 at Stockton Lake.

For more results from the Table Rock season finale or information about the Teen Anglers circuit, visit www.teenanglers.net.

Republic High School Fishing Team Wins Stockton

Republic High’s Snook, Perkins Win Teen Anglers Event at Stockton

Stockton, Mo.—Two of Republic High Schools neophyte anglers became emerging stars on their team by winning the Teen Anglers tournament April 11 at Stockton Lake.

Gerald Snook and Josh Perkins teamed up with boat captain Jerry Hamilton to win the high school event with a five-fish limit weighing 14.13 pounds. They also earned first big bass honors with a 6.49-pound largemouth.

“I am really proud of both of those kids because when they started they were rank amateurs,” said Republic Coach Jim Huson. “Not to say that they are experts at this point but they have developed in the program for the last two years and both of them have worked hard and their skills finally paid off for them.”

Republic High School anglers Gerald Snook (left) and Josh Perkins won the second tournament of the Teen Anglers circuit April 11 at Stockton Lake with a five-fish limit weighing 14.13 pounds.

Republic High School anglers Gerald Snook (left) and Josh Perkins won the second tournament of the Teen Anglers circuit April 11 at Stockton Lake with a five-fish limit weighing 14.13 pounds.


Both anglers caught all of their fish on a 1/4-ounce shaky head and a green pumpkin Strike King Zero that they retrieved with a lift-and-drop presentation. “We kind of stuck with rock ledges and stayed within 25 feet of water,” Snook said. “We would throw to the bank and let it fall off the rock ledges.”

Perkins claimed his partner carried their team. “He caught all of the keepers and I caught a bunch of 14-inchers and other shorts,” said Perkins.

Snook and Perkins were unable to practice for the tournament so they relied on tips from other Republic teammates who got on the water during the week. “We just came down this morning and fished,” Snook said. “We just kind of went off what everybody else was catching them on during the week.”

Coach Huson’s strategy of stressing teamwork at every tournament paid off for Snook and Perkins. “We try to share information throughout our whole team as far as what the bite is and then we kind of work from there,” Huson said. “So everybody is on the same page when we hit the water.”

Spokane High School’s Austin “Chase” Horton and Bradley Cloud took second place with a 12.70-limit and had third big bass with a 4.45-pounder. Horton said they caught all of their fish about 8 feet deep on sexy shad jerkbaits that they worked with a 15-second pause.

Third place went to the Nixa High team of Brett Linville and Evan Ouellette with a limit weighing 12.67 pounds. Fishing a jig and a tube bait “slow and steady,” they caught all of their fish keying on chunk rocks in dirty water about 5 to 8 feet deep, according to Ouellette.

Ozark High’s Dalton Combs and Joe Satterly placed fourth with an 11.14-limit. Combs noted they fished a Wiggle Wart crankbait and shaky head in the morning and switched to a jerkbait when the wind picked up later in the day. “We caught a lot in the morning and then it just died off after that,” he said.

Teen Angler Lake of the Ozarks champions Bryce Soske and Kaleb Lenhert finished fifth in this event with a 10.83 limit. “We were fishing jigs all day along riprap and about halfway back in the coves on windblown points,” Lenhert said. The Park Hill South High anglers found most of their fish in the 5- to 10-foot range.

The Ozark High team of Sawyer Collins and Brennan Banks weighed in a 5.87-pound largemouth that earned them second big bass honors.

The tournament drew 83 teams from 21 Missouri high schools. For the full results of the Stockton tournament, visit www.teenanglers.net.

The final regular season tournament of the Teen Anglers circuit will be held May 16 at Table Rock Lake.

Park Hill South team wins first Teen Anglers tournament

Park Hill South team wins first Teen Anglers tournament

Osage Beach, Mo.—Making a 20-mile run on Lake of the Ozarks in snow and frigid temperatures paid off in a victory for Park Hill South High School anglers Bryce Soske and Kaleb Lenhert Saturday, March 28 at the Teen Anglers Tournament Series season opener.

Soske and Lenhert sacked up a five-fish limit weighing 16.58 pounds to top a field of 162 student anglers from across the state. The duo’s winning pattern consisted of jerking suspending stickbaits along wind-blown secondary points from the 36- to 39-mile mark of the Osage arm. Soske threw a Luck “E” Strike RC Stick in a black shadow hue and Lenhert jerked a black-and-silver Rapala suspending stickbait.

Park Hill South High School anglers Bryce Soske (left) and Kaleb Lenhert won the inaugural event of the Teen Anglers Tournament Series by catching a 16.58-pound limit Saturday, March 28 at Lake of the Ozarks.

Park Hill South High School anglers Bryce Soske (left) and Kaleb Lenhert won the inaugural event of the Teen Anglers Tournament Series by catching a 16.58-pound limit Saturday, March 28 at Lake of the Ozarks.

Park Hill South Co-Coach Gary Soske served as the boat captain for the winning anglers. “I thought they did a fine job,” Gary Soske said. “They stayed focused and fished the entire time. Obviously the weather was brutal but they are experienced so they were prepared for it with the proper clothes. The hands got cold a few times but that was about it.”

Lenhert said he likes fishing this time of year despite the cold weather. “It was the first tournament I had ever fished in the snow,” he said. Catching fish all day helped the teen anglers forget about the cold.

Both anglers fish Lake of the Ozarks frequently since their families own lake houses there. They had fished the lake during their spring break and the weekend before the tournament. “It wasn’t our first day on the lake in that area,” said Coach Soske. “We felt pretty confident going in. We knew where the fish were biting.”

The other top five teams winning trophies at Lake of the Ozarks were: Ross Thompson and Collin Kemp of Nixa High School in second place with a 16.34-pound limit; Ashley Ruggles and Garrett Moeller, Hillcrest High, third, three fish, 13.33; Cody Tumlin and Cameron Smith, Ozark High, fourth, 12.96 limit; and Corbin Mertgen and Heath Renno, Lincoln High, fifth, four fish, 12.65.

Winning big bass gift certificates from Sportsmans Warehouse were Dakota Pierce and Derrick Bushong of Ava High with the first big bass weighing 6.98 pounds; Mertgen and Renno, second big bass, 6.30; and Ruggles and Moeller, third big bass, 5.93.

The tournament was the inaugural event of the Teen Anglers Tournament Series and Tournament Director Randy Conlon said he was “ecstatic” about the turnout. “I thought it went excellent,” he said. “We had 22 school districts show up. We were up close to 50 boats (before the tournament) and we took a lot more entries at the ramp. We had put out a deadline, but we had some calls after that and we ended up taking 30-something teams at the boat ramp.”

The tournament director did have to solve a unique dilemma for one of the contestants before the takeoff. Conlon said he “got tickled” by one girl who asked if he could stop the tournament at noon so she could leave and make it home in time for her prom. He solved the problem by telling her she could either weigh in her fish early or leave early and let her partner continue to fish the rest of the day “In 20 years (of holding tournaments) that is one question I have never been asked,” Conlon said.

For the full results of the tournament and more information on the Teen Anglers Tournament Series, visit www.teenanglers.net.