The 2023 MS High School State Championship was held early March on the Pascagoula River System in Moss Point, MS. The day started with fair skies and a light breeze with rapid changing water temps. The anglers struggles a bit to get those five needed bites.
At the end of the day, Ryker Reed and Cooper Rouse with D’Iberbille High School brought in a limit of fish weighing 10 pounds 6 ounces, winning the State Championship. The Vancleave team of David Robinson and Parker Strickland came in 2nd place with 9 pounds 7 ounces. Joseph Stingley and Austin Craft took 3rd place with 8 pounds 12 ounces. Joseph and Austin also claimed the daily Big Bass prize with a fish weighing 3 pounds 13 ounces and both received a Lew’s reel. Rounding out the top four, Joel and Trevor Hyatt from George County High School had a limit that weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces.
These top four teams will advance to the 14th Annual High School Fishing World Finals and National Championship this June in LaCrosse, Wisconsin on the Mississippi River. For full results and more photos CLICK HERE.
The Student Angler Federation would like to thank Mayor Billy Knight for taking the time to speak with the teams, and the City of Moss Point, including Ms. Donna Joseph and the Parks and Recreation Department team for allowing us to use their outstanding riverfront site and facility amenities. We also want to thank Sue Wright with Moss Point Main Street Association for all her efforts in making this a great event for the student anglers.