Shoals Youth Brave Heat and Catch Fish

The Shoals Youth Bassmasters fished the second tournament of the 2022 season on Wilson Lake in North Alabama on June 18. Fifty-six young anglers and their adult sponsors took to the waters of Wilson Lake out of Lock-Six Ramp.

Jimmy Mason helps son Wheeler hold the fish. SYBM photo

The morning launch took place with very comfortable weather transitioning to very hot for the 11 AM weigh-in. The youth in the three age divisions took advantage of the cooler morning temps and boated quite a few bass.

Ten and Under trophy winners. SYBM photo

Eleven to 15 year-old division trophy winnere. SYBM photo

Sixteen to 18 year old division trophy winners.

Wheeler Mason took the first place trophy in the 10 and Under Age Division with 8 lb. 5 oz. The 11-15 Age Division was led by Jackson Garner’s bag going 6 lb. 13 oz. on the scales. The first-place finisher in the 16-18 Age Division was held down by Briar Terry for an 8 lb. 11 oz. haul. Ashley Rhinehart finished in the second-place spot in this division but earned an additional trophy for bringing in the biggest bass of the tournament – a 4 lb. 1 oz. largemouth.

Club organizer Richard Laxson did not win a trophy but his tournament-day birthday did earn the kids some birthday cupcakes in celebration. A noteworthy fact is that Richard has been running the Shoals Youth Bassmasters for roughly half his life.

Here are the age division trophy winners:
10 and Under: 1st Place Wheeler Mason 8 lb. 5 oz.
2nd Place Jep Staggs 6 lb. 14 oz.
3rd Place Connor Kyle 5 lb. 14 oz.
4th Place Hadley Brewer 3 lb. 1 oz.

11 to 15 Age: 1st Place Jackson Garner 6 lb. 13 oz.
2nd Place Jacob Lee 4 lb. 8 oz.
3rd Place Isaac Grisham 4 lb. 7 oz.
4th Place Colton Howell 3 lb. 10 oz.
4th Place Cayden Turner 3 lb. 10 oz. Tie

16 to 18 Age: 1st Place Briar Terry 8 lb. 11 oz.
2nd Place Ashley Rhinehart 7 lb. 11 oz.
3rd Place Samuel Tucker 6 lb.

Ashley Rhinehart with 4 lb. 1 oz. big fish

Lunker: Ashley Rhinehart 4 lb. 1 oz. Largemouth

The next club tournament is July 9 on Pickwick Lake in North Alabama out of McFarland Harbor. All club tournaments are from 7 A.M. to 11 A.M.

2022 Tournament Trail
May 21 First Creek Wheeler
June 18 Lock Six Wilson
July 9 McFarland Park Pickwick
July 23 First Creek Wheeler
August 27 Lock Six Wilson
Sept 17 McFarland Park Pickwick

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 protected].

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