Schneider & Shealy Win South Carolina State Championship

The Batesburg-Leesville team of James Schneider and Shelton Shealy topped the twenty-pound mark to win the 2019 SAF South Carolina High School State Championship at Santee Cooper this past weekend.  The team used a 6-00 lb lunker to anchor their 20-02 lb bag to take Big Bass and championship honors.



Just behind them in second place was Timothy McKenzie and Carson Lucas of Waccamaw High School with a nice limit weighing 16-15 pounds.  Larson Harkins and Bradley Deaver, from Stratford High School, took third place with 11-11 pounds.

Rounding out the top five places were the teams of Johnny Koester and Reid Shaw from Berkley High School and Landon Gramling and Tucker Veronee from Gilbert Bass Anglers with 11-01 lbs and 6-06 pounds respectively.

Most anglers said that with the changing weather during the last part of the week, mixed with the storms on Friday night, made the bite completely different than it had been during the last weekend.  Many anglers said they got quite a few bites but that most of them failed to meet the minimum size limit requirement.  Anglers reportedly caught their fish on Speed Craws, Trick Worms and spinnerbaits in anywhere from 4-10 feet of water around trees and rocky banks.

For full results or for links to see all the photos from this event go to our results page on this website.

Bloom & Westhelle Win on Harris Chain, SAF State Championship

Bloom & Westhelle Win on Harris Chain

The first High School event of the new year brought forty-six teams to the Harris Chain of Lakes, from all across the state of Florida.  They were anxious to try and qualify for the 2019 High School Fishing National Championship, coming up in June at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama.

Joey Bloom & Dylan Westhelle bested the field with an impressive limit that weighed 17.04 pounds, to take home the win.  The Seminole Junior Anglers also claimed the Big Bass award for the day with a 6.04 largemouth, which got them two Lew’s Reels for their efforts.

The Clay High School Blue Devils team of Dalton Barnard and Parker Stalvey brought 16.09 pounds to the scales and also claimed a qualifying spot by finishing in second place.  Rounding out the top three spots was Cody Sharp and Justin Wallace from Bartow High School.  Their limit tipped the scales at 16.05 pounds.  The last National Championship qualifying spot went to Dawson Turner and Grady Johnson who brought 15.14 pounds to the scales to finish fourth.

When asked on stage about how they were catching their fish, numerous patterns seemed to be producing fish.  Most anglers were reportedly fishing around the outside edges of submerged grass-lines in about 8 -15 feet of water.  Some of the best baits were Speed Craws, Senkos, Flukes and Rattletraps.  Most anglers said they were catching between 7-10 keeper fish during the day, but most were not able to get the big bite they needed to seal the win.

For full results  and event pictures check out our results page

The High School fishing World Fnals and  National Championship will be June 18-22 at Florence, AL.

SAF TX State Championship Lake LBJ

2019 Texas SAF High School State  Championship is in the books now.   Held on Feb. 2nd  on Lake LBJ, in Marble Falls TX.  Due to the rapid growth of High School Fishing in Texas SAF founded the national high school program in 2007 finding a open date for the SAF championship is harder each year, that coupled with extreme low  water conditions and very limited ramp access to this beautiful body of water and great fishery, the numbers were not what we wanted this year but the fishing was great!   We will be announcing the 2020 events very early to help all the clubs avoid conflicts.

However all that didn’t stop some of our great student anglers from showing up and competing in a very tough field of anglers. We are glad to announce the State Championship was awarded to Colton Zahn, and Logan Drake of Team Tight Lines. The 2019 State Champs had an impressive catch weighing in at 24 pounds. Colton, and Logan will be making the trip to Florence Alabama to compete in the High School World Finals and National Championship in June 18-22. Not only did they qualify for the National Championship they received trophies, Cabela’s/Bass Pro Shops Gift Cards and a great prize pack for big bag of the event sponsored By Booyah Baits.

Second place team head the ead for quite a while and made all other work hard ot beat them. It was awarded to Sid Wallace and Dylan Thompson representing the Central Bobcats who came to the stage with a impressive 17.14 pounds.  Third place team goes to Hunter Amidon and Justin Andrade flying colors from James Bowie High School.  Their bag of fish was 15.02 . Hunter and Justin also had  the Big Bass award of the day that weighed in at 6.9 pounds. Fourth was awarded to Landen Bennett and Billy Eaton also representing Team Tight Lines with 15.02 .  Every team that weighed in 5 fish all alive was awarded a Berkley Five Alive prize as well. We had a 100% live fish release great job by the anglers on fish care. Here from the National Office we want to thank all of our SAF Anglers and parents who participated on Lake LBJ. Good Luck to you all in your upcoming Year.