Youth anglers bag three and four pounders on Wilson Lake

Several three and four-pound bass were brought to the scales at the end of the Shoals Youth Bassmasters’ third tournament of the year, July 10, 2021, on Wilson Lake.

Sixty-two club anglers from ten and under to eighteen years old hit the water with their adult companion to compete for trophies in each of the three age divisions.

Most all of the participating club members brought fish to the scales including the aforementioned three and four-pounders.

Lane Howell topped the 10 And Under age division for his bag that went 10 pounds and 7 ounces. In the 11 To 15 age division, it was Bree Odeneal who weighed the heaviest first place bag of 7 pounds and 15 ounces. Odeneal also took lunker honors for a 4 pound and 13-ounce largemouth. And in the 16 To 18 age division, Westley Hayes managed to win the top spot with 2 pounds and 6 ounces.

The weight total for each division’s trophy placers were: 32.375 pounds for the 10 And Under group; 27.938 pounds for the 11 To 15 division; and 2.875 for the 16 To 18 age anglers.

Richard Laxson, club director noted the day began under overcast skies and a little chop to the water. Laxson said, “ As ten o’clock rolled around the lake had larger waves accompanied with high humidity and much hotter than at the 7 AM launch.” He noted the club had some exciting youth anglers this year that results in some keen competition. He also expressed his and the club’s appreciation for the 2021 sponsors.

The complete trophy winner results were-
10 and Under Age Division
1st Place Lane Howell 10 lbs. 7oz.
2nd Place Kase Goodwin 7 lbs. 12 oz.
3rd Place Graham Walker 7 lbs. 6 oz.
4th Place Ansley Fritts 6 lbs. 13 oz.

11 to 15 Age Division
1st Place Bree Odeneal 7 lbs. 15 oz.
2nd Place Sam Hanback 7 lbs. 13 oz.
3rd Place Jenny Beth Clifton 6 lbs. 3 oz
4th Place Cam Andrews 6 lbs. 0 oz.

16 to 18 Age Division
1st Place Westley Hayes 2 lbs. 6 oz.
2nd Place Fisher Heard 8 oz.

Lunker Bree Odeneal 4 lbs 13 oz. Largemouth

The Wilson Lake tournament was the third of the 2021 season and marked the halfway point for the scheduled events.

Tournament photos may be viewed and/or downloaded HERE.

The next club tournament is July 24 on Wheeler Lake in North Alabama out of the First Creek ramp. All club tournaments are from 7 A.M. to 11 A.M.

The Shoals Youth Bassmasters has three age divisions: 10 and Under; 11 thru 15; and 16 thru 18. 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.

Remaining club tournaments.
July 24 First Creek Wheeler
August 28 Lock Six Wilson
Sept 18 McFarland Park Pickwick

Anyone interested in a youth joining the Shoals Youth Bassmasters may call 256-757-1660 for more information or email [email protected].


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