Dylan Lamm and Austin Blair put together a five fish limit that weighed 14 pounds, 13 ounces, to capture the North Carolina High School Fishing State Championship on Lake Norman on Saturday. The pair bested a 42 boat field to win the championship titles and trophies. They’ll also advance, leading a four team contingency, to the Southeast Conference Regional Championship on Lake Cumberland in Somerset, Ky., in September.
“We caught the majority of our fish first thing this morning on a whopper popper,” Blair, who will be a junior next year, said. “We got a limit early fishing shady areas and docks,” Lamm added,” and then all of our fish but one came on the whopper popper.” The smiling duo also stated that keeping confidence up all day was the key to their success.
The team of Seth Hartman and John Crain from Cherryville High School had a limit of Lake Norman beauties that weighed 11 pounds 1 ounce to claim fourth place and the final regional berth.
Special thanks go out to Travis Dancy and the Visit Lake Norman group, as well as, the North Carolina TBF for helping with the event.
All SAF Anglers nationwide are invited to the High School Fishing World Finals in Florence Alabama in two weeks. A large field of teams from over 20 different states and over $60,000 in scholarships and prizes are on the line for the winning teams.
The 2016 North Carolina State Championship was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12. The top 10 percent from each SAF state championship field and the top three teams from each of the seven TBF/FLW Opens will advance to a Conference Championship event. The top 10 percent of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, in the spring of 2017. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 scholarship to the school of their choice.
In addition to the state, conference and national championship events, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide qualify for the world’s largest high school fishing, standalone, championship event, the 2016 High School Fishing World Finals. The 2016 World Finals is coming up June 28 – July 2 on Pickwick Reservoir in Florence, Ala., with over $60,000 in scholarships and prizes up for grabs. Click HERE for more details.
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