Lutheran School Lions Bass Club wins Illinois SAF High School State Championship
James Brown and Chandler Carter were one fish shy of a five bass limit. They made up for the lack of quantity with pure quality as they brought in four Clinton Lake beauties that tipped the scales at 17lb 9oz to easily win the Illinois SAF High School State Championship. As you can imagine with only four fish, one of theirs had to be a monster, and the pair did not disappoint as they also won the Big Bass Award with 7lb 8oz toad that overcame their one missed fish to carry them to the Central Conference Regional Championship at Lake Carlyle on September 12th. At that event they will join other qualifiers from across the Midwest with a chance to advance on to the TBF/FLW High School National Championship next spring.
Finishing second was the team of Dailus Richardson and Trevor Mckinney who represent Benton High School. They also had a four fish sack that weighed in at 13lb 15oz to claim the runner-up spot and one of the three regional qualifying berths for the fall classic.
Coming in third was the team of Zachary Hingson and Jonathan Bialeschi who had three nice fish that weighed in at 9lb 15oz to also claim a qualifying spot.
Securing the fourth and final qualifying spot in the regional was the team of Jake Hoselton and Levi Umland from El Paso Gridley High School. They had a full limit of five Clinton lake bass that weighed in at 9lb 11oz.
Forty teams competed in the event that had most of the anglers fishing Saturday in the Argenta-Oreana Open event on at Clinton Lake and then day two in the SAF State Championship. The top 10% of the field advance on to the Regional Competitions from the TBF/FLW State Championship series.
Special thanks go out to the Argenta-Oreana High School Fishing Team and their advisor Jason Parsons as well as the FLW and Mr. Alan Gray who provided the weigh-in trailer, equipment and manpower for the event.
For FULL standings check out the results on the State Championships page or CLICK HERE