June 27, 2016

IMG_0177Johnny and Tony Deluca put together a five fish limit weighing 11 pounds 2 ounces to win the SAF Missouri High School Fishing State Championship on Truman Lake.  The pair targeted gravel, stumps and docks using a combination of baits, including a chatterbait, spinnerbait and a square bill crankbait to find their winning limit.

The team was awarded the championship titles, trophies and a slot in the Southern Conference Championship where they will also be provided custom jerseys.  The championship event will be held in Shreveport, La. in October.

IMG_0179Coming in second, was the veteran team of Trey Schroeder and Grant Nisbit with a limit of bass weighing 9 pounds 8 ounces. Rounding out the top three was the team of Corbin Mertgen and Heath Renno who had three Truman lake bass that weighed 5 pounds 9 ounces.

Special thanks go out to the Bucksaw Marina for hosting the event, as well as, the Missouri TBF for providing assistance.

The 2016 Missouri State Championship was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12. The top 10 percent from each TBF/FLW 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.

IMG_0182In 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 this week on Pickwick Reservoir in Florence, Ala., with over $60,000 in scholarships and prizes up for grabs.  Click here for more details.