The 2018 National Championship being held in conjunction with the 2018 High School Fishing World Finals on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala., concluded today. The winning team received a $10,000 scholarship for their efforts and will advance to the final day of the 2018 High School Fishing World Finals. This week over $150,000 in scholarships and prizes will be awarded plus double the sponsor swag and giveaways. Today, a record-breaking crowd was attendance to witness the crowning of the 2018 National Champions, Kyler Mckie and Chad Champy.
As the win settles in, Mckie and Champy must now set their sights on tomorrow’s prize for all the glory. The weights will be zeroed and 30 accomplished anglers stand in the way.
First place Semi-Finalist, Kyle Bahr and Tyler Bahr from the Brainerd Warriors caught a five bass limit weighing 20 pounds 14 ounces while Second Chance Round leaders, Hunter Bailey and Kallie Jolly, from Cherokee County High School caught a limit weighing 20 pounds 3 ounces.
One team will separate themselves from the pack and along with nationally recognized bragging rights, that team will receive a $24,000, four year scholarship award if eligible to the top ranked college fishing team in the country, Bethel University, plus their choice of some lucrative prizes. The second place finishers will also receive a $20,000, four year scholarship award if eligible to Bethel University.
Today’s weighin was sponsored by SAF sponsor partners, Rapala, VMC and Sufix. The Senior Night Pizza party was sponsored by FAVORITE fishing who supplied each graduated Senior a brand new FAVORITE fishing rod.
Tune in tomorrow at www.highschoolfishing.org for live event coverage and the Student Angler Federation Facebook page for event photos and updates. Takeoff is at 5:30am from McFarland Park and weighin begins at 1:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.