Brown and Tonkel Win Indiana High School Championship at Brookville

Strong storms and heavy rains pushed through the region around Brookville Lake just prior to the High School State Championship on June 5th.  More than five inches of rain fell on Thursday before the event, making water levels rise and the water turned a bit muddy and piles upon piles of debris cluttered the launch ramps, dock areas and the back of a lot of the bays and pockets.  But as always, even in tough and unusual conditions, somebody is going to find and catch a good bag of fish.  That is exactly what the Angola High School team of Drake Brown and Connor Tonkel did as they brought in one of the few, five fish limits.  Their final weight was exactly ten pounds and earned them the SAF Indiana High School State Championship trophies.

Second place belonged to the Indiana SAF team of Donnie Hoskins and Henry Fleetwood for their weight of 9-09 pounds.

Third place finishers were the team of Dylan May and Brady Westrich, from Brownsburg High School, for their 9-01 final weight.

Ryan Seitz and Brady Osborn from Southeastern Bass Anglers finished fourth with 7-14 pounds and Hunter Coats and Ethan Sarault finished fifth with 7-09 pounds.

The Lew’s Big Bass Award went to the team of Travis Ely and Jaxon Popp for their 3-13 lunker, which earned them a $200 Lew’s Gift Card.

Most anglers reported catching their fish between three and ten feet of water.  Many of the anglers were using spinnerbaits, jigs, worms and crankbaits or Ned Rigs to catch their fish.

Our World Finals and National Championship are just around the corner.  Both events are scheduled for June 30-July 3 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina.  Hope to see all of you there.

Kress and Schmitt win on the Connecticut River

The NH Open Challenge was held on May 8th.  The event took place on the Connecticut River which is the border between NH and VT.  The main river was cold and muddy and the fish had not moved out of the backwaters at tournament time.  The anglers focus on the setbacks off the main river.

The team of Noah Kress and Logan Schmitt were able to figure out the fish.  They bested the field with a four fish limit weighing 9 pounds and 15 ounces.

Jipsen and Comes win Iowa State Championship at Prairie Rose

High School anglers from across the state competed in the first SAF Iowa State Fishing Championship at Prairie Rose State Park on Saturday, May 22nd, 2021. Each team consisting of two competitors launched their boats at 7am to bag their five largest fish on the 173- acre lake. The teams returned at 2:30pm to begin the official weigh-in to see who had hauled in the biggest bag of fish.

The Atlantic team of Cooper Jipsen and Dylan Comes won with five fish, totaling 11.07 pounds.

In 2nd place was Joaquin Wailes of Wiota and Joey Oathoudt of Corning, IA with a 5-bag limit totaling 10.07

3rd place went Carter Frost and Cade Hoover of Cedar Falls with a 5 fish limit, weighing 10.03.

Cooper Jipsen and Dylan Comes will now compete in the National Championship in Anderson, South Carolina on Lake Hartwell.  This event would not have been possible without the generosity of passionate sponsors, individual contributors, local community support, volunteers, and parents. Because of you we are creating something very special for our youth, that will stay with them for a lifetime.
For full results CLICK HERE. To see more photos from this event CLICK HERE