Shoals Youth Fish Wilson In Tough Conditions

The Shoals Youth Bassmasters fished Wilson Lake in less than optimal conditions on June 1 out of the Lock Six ramp.

Nineteen young anglers and their boat captains (adults) brave the tournament’s adverse conditions. The youth and their responsible adult boat captains launched into the rain, wind, white capping waves on the lake, and a cool temperature. Thankfully, there was no lightning during the tournament. The rain did stop at weigh-in time and with perfect timing began again after the bass were brought to the scales.

10 and Under Age Division trophy winners. SYBM photo

11-15 Age Division trophy winners. SYBM photo

The boat captain makes all decisions about his/her operation of the boat including whether to launch and fish or not since the Shoals Youth Bassmasters responsibility is limited to contestant registration and the weigh-in. With this in mind, tournaments are not canceled sice the fish/no fish decision is made by the boat captains.

Regardless, the rain-soaked and wind-battered tournament contestants did manage to catch fish. The total weight of bass weighed in by the trophy winners in two age divisions totaled a very respectable 36.85 lbs. with one bag going 16.06 lbs. and another tipping the scales at 10.35 lbs.

Brody Bennett took the first place trophy in the 10 and Under age division with 16.06 lbs. and Levi Hicks won the first place trophy in the 11-15 Age Division with a bag going 14.45 lbs. Included in Levi’s bag was the tournament lunker winner, a 3.85 lb. largemouth.

The trophy winners in participating age divisions were:

10 and Under Age Division
Wilson’s Total Division Weight Was 29.66 lbs.

1st Place Brody Bennett 16.06 lbs.
2nd Place Jacob Weir 8.73 lbs.
3rd Place Kane Goodwin 2.52 lbs.
4th Place Jep Staggs 2.35 lbs.

11-15 Age Division
Wilson’s Total Division Weight 36.85 lbs.

1st Place: Conner Kyle 10.35 lbs.
2nd Place: Levi Hicks 9.42 lbs.
3rd Place: Kace Jones 9.20 lbs.
4th Place: Conner Lee 7.88

.16-18 AgeDivision
No participants in this tournament

Lunker: Brody Bennett  4.06 lb.. largemouth


The next Shoals Youth Bassmasters tournament on their trail is on Pickwick June 29 launching from the McFarland ramp.

The complete 2024 trail

May 11 First Creek Wheeler
June 1 Lock Six Wilson
June 29 McFarland Park Pickwick
July 20 First Creek Wheeler
August 10 Lock Six Wilson
Sept 21 McFarland Park Pickwick

Tournaments will begin at 7:00 A.M. and weigh-in will be at 11:00 A.M.
There are three age divisions for youth to compete in:
10 and Under; 11 thru 15; 16 thru 18. Anglers in each division must have a responsible adult advisor (boat captain).

The year-end picnic will be held after the last tournament. You must be a member before the last tournament.

Call 256-757-1660 for more information or email [email protected].


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