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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
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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.

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.