Archive for June 2016

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.