Hunter Curry and Josh Russell put together two very consistent days of fishing with 16lb 3oz sack on day one and backed that up with a limit of fish that tipped in at 17lb 7oz for a two day total of 33lb 10oz to win the final TBF/FLW Open event of the season. The win secured the pair a spot in the Southern Conference Regional Championship at Pine Bluff Arkansas in October.
“We used a combination of Senco’s and Rage Craws up in the tree tops and brush to catch most of our fish” stated Curry who will be a junior this coming year at Broaddus High School. “We moved around quite a bit today but we had one spot that held most of our bigger fish” cited Russell who has just recently graduated from Broaddus and will head out to serve our country in the Military in a few weeks. This is my last High School Tournament and it feels good to go out with a win added elder member of the winning team.
Finishing in second and also advancing on to Regional Competition was the team of Eli Dinger and Stephan Thomas from Colmesnail High School who had 30lb 11oz to finish second.
Finishing third and claiming the final Regional qualifying spot was the team of Logan Chaney and Mathew Myers from David Thibodaux Stem Magnet Academy who had 28lb 2oz of Sam Rayburn Bass.
Rounding out the top five were Breeann Sparks and Derek Clark from Buna High School who had a two day total of 26lb 12oz to claim the number 4 spot. Thomas Vardeman and Zaryon Price who also hail from Broaddus High School claimed the Number 5 spot with a very respectable 25lb 5oz bag.
The Lew’s Big Bass winners of the event were caught by the team of Chaney and Mathews and Curry and Russell who both had a pair of 7lb plus beauties to win a pair of Lew’s Bait Caster Reels.
The American Legion proved to be a terrific sponsor for the event as they proudly displayed the Honor and Remember Traveling tribute to fallen Soldiers from the state of Texas.
A special thanks goes out to Terry Sympson, the owner of Jackson Hill Marina, who hosted the Friday night registration meeting as well as teaming up with Chuck Phillips and a great group of local volunteers to auctioned off merchandise for scholarship prizes as well as providing tackle packages for the top teams.