Central Conference Championship – Results
The Central Conference Championship was held in conjunction with BFL Regional at Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, KY on October 12. State Championship teams from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia & Wisconsin fished for the chance to advance to the 2014 High School Fishing National Championship next spring.
The fishing was tough for these high school anglers, but the team from Maple Grove High School in Minnesota, Kaleb Seeger & Jake Saterbak topped the field with 3 fish that weighed 8 lbs even. Taking second was the team from Brother Rice in Illinois, Joseph Hayes & Jimmy Ciurej who’s 2 fish weighed 4 lbs 14 oz. Rounding out the top 3 was Max Mercer and Job Ashby, the State Champions of Iowa with 3 lbs 15 oz.
Southeastern Conference Championship – Results
On Saturday, October 12th, the Southeastern Conference Championship was held in conjunction with BFL Regional at Lake Lanier near Gainesville, GA. State Champions from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina & Tennessee came to compete.
The weights were close for the top 4 teams, with only 6 oz separating 1st through 3rd (tie). Beating the 2nd place team by only 4 oz, was the State Champions of South Carolina Abbeville High School, Carter McNeil & Tucker Smith. The winning weight was 11 lbs 10 oz. Second place went to Branson Marks & Luke Slaton of North Forsyth High School in Georgia. Their 5 fish weighed 11 lbs 6 oz. Tying for 3rd place was Austin Boyette & Joe Edwards, Jr of North Carolina and Saxton Long & Triston Crowder of Tennessee. Their limits both weighed 11 lbs 4 oz.
Weigh-In Video (Starts at 1 hr 11 mins)
Western Conference Championship – Results
The Western Conference Championship was held Sunday, October 13th in conjunction with Everstart Western Division at Clear Lake in Lakeport, CA. State Champions from Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
Arizona State Champions Frankie Mueller & Shane Edgar blew the field out of the water with their monstrous 23 lb 11 oz sack, beating 2nd place by almost 5 lbs. The second place weight was still very respectable at 18 lbs. The team from Lake City High School in Idaho, Loren Torok & Kyler Fugate finished with 18 lbs 8 oz. Third place went to Graydon Brewer & Michael Warner of Colorado. They had 4 fish that weighed 12 lbs 8 oz.
The three conference champions will advance on to the 2014 High School Fishing National Championship that will be held next spring. The final conference championship of the season is October 19 at Lake Texoma in Texas.