Ashton & Beahm Named 2012 Idaho State Champions on CJ Strike

The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW Outdoors, the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce and the Idaho Bass Federation hosted the 2012 Student Angler Federation (SAF) Idaho High School Fishing State Championship on Saturday, May 12, on CJ Strike Reservoir, just outside of Mountain Home, Id.

The High School Fishing  team of David Ashton and Jake Beahm of Borah High took 1st place honors with a 5 fish limit weighing 14-09 pounds.  The Torok brothers, Loren and Blake of Lake City & The Bass Pack High School Fishing Club, brought in a limit weighing 10-07 pounds to capture 2nd place followed by Jon Hickey and Anthony Baracko who put a limit together that weighed 9-11 pounds.


The winning two-person team from each state championship will advance to an FLW Outdoors/TBF High School Fishing Conference Championship held in conjunction with a National Guard FLW College Fishing Conference Championship. Those winners will advance to the FLW Outdoors/TBF High School Fishing National Championship held in conjunction with the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship in the spring of 2013.

All SAF members and state championship participants qualify for the largest event in high school fishing, the 2012 High School Fishing World Finals to compete for thousands of dollars in college scholarships and prizes. Each team that qualifies for a conference and/or national championship will receive a travel allowance to help offset expenses. The National Champions will also each receive a $5,000 scholarship to use at the university of their choice.

The SAF State Championship series continues with events this week in Mississippi, Colorado and New Mexico.

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