Oakley Connor and Daniel Clark tied both tied on a frog and worked the Lake Marion Grass all day to catch a very nice limit of bass the tipped the scales at 23lbs 9oz to win the South Carolina High School State Championship.
“The morning bite was good for us” stated the smiling pair who stayed fairly close to the John C. Land Boating center launch point. The big bag was anchored by a 6lb 14oz toad that propelled the duo to the South East Conference Regional Championship at Lake Lanier in September. That fish also claimed the Lew’s Big Bass award which won the pair a two terrific Lew’s Reels for their efforts.
Finishing in second place was the team of Eric Glenn and Nathan McPherson from Berkeley High School who also had a very respectable bag of Santee Cooper bass that weighed 16lbs event to punch their ticket to the fall regional as well.
Coming in third was the tandem of Sean Hall and Kyler McKie from North Augusta High School who had a 4 fish sack that tipped at 13lbs to also advance to post season play. The SAF Championship series advances the top 10% of each field on to regional competition where they will then compete for a berth in the High School National Championship.
Right behind in fourth place was the team of Carter McNeil and Daelyn Whaley of Abbeville High School who also had four fish that weighed in at 12lb 7oz. That weight kept them just ahead of fifth place finishers Trenton Hastings and James Trotter who had three very nice fish that weighed 12lbs 3oz to claim the fifth spot on the leader board.
Rounding out final qualifying spot was the team of Jordon Cole and Benjamin Grice who used a 6lb 3oz beauty to carry them to a 10lb 11oz bag and a trip to Gainesville Georgia where the regional event will be held at Laurel Park on September 26th.
Special thanks go out to the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce and Mr. Nelson Walker as well as the South Carolina Bass Federation and their president Rich Gerkin who served as bump master for the 62 team event.