Sixty-seven youth bassmasters launched Saturday, June 13, 2019, from the shallow ramp at Colbert Park into lower Pickwick Lake hoping to hook-up with some monster largemouth and smallmouth bass.
Jared Sparks found a 3-15 smallmouth and Hayden Brewer boated a 6-1 largemouth. Brewer’s bass was big enough to claim the trophy for the tournament big fish.
Total weight comparisons of the three age divisions were: 10 and Under 32.5 pounds; 11 to 15-year-olds 30.31 pounds (That’s a squeaker between them and the 10 and Under); and the 16
The final qualifying weights and anglers were:to 18’s had 8.69 total pounds. The twelve placers in the three age divisions, 10 and Under, 11 to 15, and 16 to 18, brought in a total of 71.5 pounds of qualifying bass. The big stringer of the event was weighed-in by Hayden Brewer. When asked where he caught the fish he cleverly replied, “In the mouth.” They learn quickly don’t they.
10 and under age group:
1st Place – Hayden Brewer with 9 lbs., 15 oz.
2nd Place – Kane Goodwin with 6 lbs., 1 oz.
3rd Place – Levi Hicks with 5 lbs.,12 oz.
4th Place – Tate Dodd with 5 lbs. 6 oz.
4th Place – Natalie Burgess also with 5 lbs. 6 oz.
32.5 pounds Division Total
11 to 15 age group:
1st Place – Jenny Clifton with 9 lbs., 12 oz.
2nd Place – Camden Randall with 8 lbs., 0 oz.
3rd Place – Colby Remmers with 6 lbs., 5 oz.
4th Place – Castin Smith with 6 lbs., 4 oz.
30.31 pounds Division Total
16 to 18 age group:
1st Place – Jared Sparks with 3 lbs., 15 oz.
2nd Place – William Ratliff with 2 lbs., 12 oz.
3rd Place – Katelyn Perry with 2 lbs., 0 oz.
8.69 pounds Division Total
Lunker – Hayden Brewer with a 6 lb., 1 oz. largemouth
The ten place winners in the age divisions brought in a total 71.5 pounds of green and brown fish The biggest string weight went to Hayden Brewer who had 9 lbs., 15 oz. in his bag.
Club Director Richard Laxson said, “The kids had a great time with a lot of fish were caught. It was a very nice day with a slight overcast and a light wind.” Laxson added, “I would like to mention the support these young anglers have from dads, grandads, uncles and family friends. These kids would not be able to enjoy fishing and the excitement of tournament fishing if these adults did not provide that opportunity by taking the time and interest in youth fishing.”
The club’s next tournament is 1st Creek, on Wheeler, August 10th.. All club tournaments are 7 A.M. to 11 A.M.
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Anglers in each division must have a responsible adult advisor running the boat and assisting a young fisherman if required.
The year-end picnic will be held after the last tournament. Youths must be a member of the Shoals Youth Bassmasters before the last tournament to be eligible for the lunch, and awards provided at the club’s year-end event.
For more information on how to join the club or about the tournament please call Richard Laxson, Club Director, at 256-757-1660 or email him at email@example.com.
Shoals Youth Bassmasters 2019 Sponsors
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