McCullough & Hamlin Win High School Event at Lay lake

McCullough & Hamlin Win High School Event at Lay lake

The Cedar Bluff team of Collin McCullough and Justin Hamlin bested the elements Saturday and put together a 15-14 pound sack of spots to win the AL High School State Championship at Lay Lake.  Rain, wind, rising water levels and muddy water did not stop this team from catching several spotted bass during this event.  The used a drop shot in 10-14 feet of water to catch most of their fish.

In second place was the Sand Rock Wildcat team of Brody Robison and Levi Cox with a nice limit weighing 12-12 pounds.  Finishing third was Eli Chambers & Hunter Herfurth from Vinemont High School with 9-01 pounds.  The Big Bass of the day went to JC Silvey & Skyler Stevens with a nice 3-13 lunker.

Most of the teams fished deeper water to catch their fish.  Successful Baits included a drop-shot rig, a Ned-Rig. Spinnerbaits and a squre bill crankbait.


For complete results and pictures check out our results page!

Schneider & Shealy Win South Carolina State Championship

The Batesburg-Leesville team of James Schneider and Shelton Shealy topped the twenty-pound mark to win the 2019 SAF South Carolina High School State Championship at Santee Cooper this past weekend.  The team used a 6-00 lb lunker to anchor their 20-02 lb bag to take Big Bass and championship honors.



Just behind them in second place was Timothy McKenzie and Carson Lucas of Waccamaw High School with a nice limit weighing 16-15 pounds.  Larson Harkins and Bradley Deaver, from Stratford High School, took third place with 11-11 pounds.

Rounding out the top five places were the teams of Johnny Koester and Reid Shaw from Berkley High School and Landon Gramling and Tucker Veronee from Gilbert Bass Anglers with 11-01 lbs and 6-06 pounds respectively.

Most anglers said that with the changing weather during the last part of the week, mixed with the storms on Friday night, made the bite completely different than it had been during the last weekend.  Many anglers said they got quite a few bites but that most of them failed to meet the minimum size limit requirement.  Anglers reportedly caught their fish on Speed Craws, Trick Worms and spinnerbaits in anywhere from 4-10 feet of water around trees and rocky banks.

For full results or for links to see all the photos from this event go to our results page on this website.

Bloom & Westhelle Win on Harris Chain, SAF State Championship

Bloom & Westhelle Win on Harris Chain

The first High School event of the new year brought forty-six teams to the Harris Chain of Lakes, from all across the state of Florida.  They were anxious to try and qualify for the 2019 High School Fishing National Championship, coming up in June at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama.

Joey Bloom & Dylan Westhelle bested the field with an impressive limit that weighed 17.04 pounds, to take home the win.  The Seminole Junior Anglers also claimed the Big Bass award for the day with a 6.04 largemouth, which got them two Lew’s Reels for their efforts.

The Clay High School Blue Devils team of Dalton Barnard and Parker Stalvey brought 16.09 pounds to the scales and also claimed a qualifying spot by finishing in second place.  Rounding out the top three spots was Cody Sharp and Justin Wallace from Bartow High School.  Their limit tipped the scales at 16.05 pounds.  The last National Championship qualifying spot went to Dawson Turner and Grady Johnson who brought 15.14 pounds to the scales to finish fourth.

When asked on stage about how they were catching their fish, numerous patterns seemed to be producing fish.  Most anglers were reportedly fishing around the outside edges of submerged grass-lines in about 8 -15 feet of water.  Some of the best baits were Speed Craws, Senkos, Flukes and Rattletraps.  Most anglers said they were catching between 7-10 keeper fish during the day, but most were not able to get the big bite they needed to seal the win.

For full results  and event pictures check out our results page

The High School fishing World Fnals and  National Championship will be June 18-22 at Florence, AL.