August tenth found the Shoals Youth Bassmasters launching into First Creek on Wheeler Lake. Fifty-eight young angler members and boat captains readied for the 7 AM start.
The fishermen got the shade benefit of an overcast sky until 10 AM. The hot sun pounded the kids for an hour until the 11 AM weigh-in. A three-fish limit was in force to help reduce any heat-related bass fatalities.
The youth members still brought some good three fish bags to the scales.
The club’s trophy placers in all the divisions weighed-in 56.1875 pounds with a 3 lb. 8 oz. big fish caught by Levi Hicks. The 10 and under division place winners had 23.95 pounds. Eleven to 15-year-old group winners brought 23.06 pounds in. The elder age group, 16 to 18, trophy-holders bagged 7.12 pounds.
How did the age division shakeout…
10 and Under
1st Place Wheeler Mason – 8 lbs.1 oz.
2nd Place Kane Goodwin – 6 lbs.7oz.
3rd Place Tate Dodd – 6 lbs.1 oz.
4th Place Cam Andrews – 5 lbs.7 oz.
11 to 15
1st Place Camden Randall – 6 lbs.8 oz.
2nd Place Mason Newton – 6 lbs.6 oz.
3rd Place Spencer Lovett – 5 lbs.15 oz.
4th Place Brandon Atkins – 4 lbs.4 oz.
16 to 18
1st Place Grant Holt – 2 lbs.14 oz.
2nd Place Hunter Inabnitt – 2 lbs.12 oz.
3rd Place Jared Sparks – 1 lb.8 oz.
Lunker Levi Hicks – 3 lbs.8 oz. Largemouth
The club’s next tournament is on Wilson Lake out of the Lock Six ramp, August 31st. All club tournaments are 7 A.M. to 11 A.M.
Anglers in each division must have a responsible adult advisor running the boat and assisting their young fisherman if required.
The year-end picnic will be held after the last tournament September 21 on Pickwick. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.