Coyner and Mars win State Championship on Dardanelle

Early AM thunderstorms raced through the area on the eve of the AR High School State championship on Lake Dardanelle. By 6:30 am the skies had begun to clear as the front pushed off to the south. Post frontal conditions didn’t shut down the bite on the Arkansas river as anglers took to the waters in search for the Rapala crushing conservation five live fish limit.

North Arkansas team of Alex Coyner and partner Lucas Mars topped the scales with five fish, a Rapala’s Crush City’s crushing conservation limit weighing 13 pounds and 15 ounces. The team took home the big Win and a berth to the 15th annual High School Fishing World Finals & National Championship.

Second Place by the Tie breakers also weighing 13 pounds and 15 ounces was Jackson Roumbanis and Lawson Lewis. Roumbanis and Lewis also secured their ticket to compete in the 2024 National Championship this June on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC.

Third place was Cohen Duncan and Dante Snowden with a five live limit at 13 pounds and 14 ounces. The third-place team also won the Lew’s big Bass award with a set of Lew’s reels for their efforts.

Congratulations to all of the top teams for their success and we want to thank each of the SAF students who came out and competed on Lake Dardanelle.