Trevor Thompson and Shelton Vasquez power Kaufman to Texas High School Bass Fishing Championship Open

Kaufman High School Bass Club Holds Successful Open

(April 28, 2012 – Garland, Texas) Your average weekend bass fisherman would have watched the weather man and turned over and went back to sleep on Saturday; however, 44 high school fishing teams braved the 30 plus mile per hour winds at Lake Ray Hubbard.  Teams representing high schools from as far away as Carthage, Marble Falls and Eastland showed up for over $3,000 dollars in scholarships along with factory merchandise.

When the weigh-in ended, Trevor Thompson and Shelton Vasquez of the Kaufman Lion Fishing Team bested the entire field by bringing five fish that weighed 19.47 pounds. The two fished main lake rocks and rip rap with spinner and crank baits. Tommy Climer, who was Trevor and Shelton’s boat captain, commented at the weigh-in, “This was the most fun I have had fishing, without fishing in a tournament (boat captains can only assist, but cannot fish during the day). Climer continued, “These two guys did everything I told them to do.  They took my knowledge of this area and, with their skills, brought in this great catch. They worked well with each other, were quiet, and concentrated the entire time.” Thompson and Vasquez’s first place finish merited $2,000 scholarship money that will be sent to their high school to be used when they enroll in a college.

Sixth place went to Kaufman’s Marshall White and Lane Allen. Their 12.90 stringer was anchored by a 6.19 pounder which was the second biggest bass in the tournament. They were only bested by Colt Benedict and Zachary Laky’s 7.26 monster from the Forney High Bass Team. This helped Benedict and Laky to a second place finish with a total of 13.44, and was good for $1,200 in scholarship money.

JB Mills and Justin Liggett were paired with Terry Peacock. Peacock had a crank bait bite on deeper rocks and was worried that JB and Justin had not had any experience in cranking deeper rocks. “This technique takes a lot of feel running a deep running crank over rocks; even the best bass fishermen lose their share of bass while trying not to hang up their bait.” Peacock continued, “The wind made this kind of fishing tough; however JB and Justin brought in 7.60 pounds for 13th place.  Next time you see Justin, ask him about the one that got away (which was reported by Peacock to be over 10 pounds)!

Blake Shaw and Rusty Faries brought only one bass to the scale for 1.51 pounds. Both boys fished well in the high winds. Josh Conner and Zak Ravella, who were entered in their first bass tournament, did not weigh a fish but learned a lot. Clayton Powell who was fishing by himself did not weigh in a bass.

Kaufman’s top three teams weighed in 39.97 which bested Forney’s total weight of 26.12 for the Texas High School Bass Fishing Championship.  Tommy Climer, who was very impressed with the first place team of Trevor Thompson and Shelton Vasquez, was contacted by Dobyns Rod Company who made them members of their pro staff!  Steve Holland who is the coach of the Kaufman High School Fishing Team said, “That’s a benefit of winning, companies want you to represent them. It is not unusual for high school students to be selected by skateboard and motorcycle companies. You are going to see a lot more sponsorships by fishing related companies for high school bass anglers.”  Congratulations to Trevor and Shelton! They will represent Dobyns Rods as well as they represent Kaufman High School.

Holland concluded, “ I want to thank all of the sponsors that made the Texas High School Bass Fishing Championship a great success; Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Marine, Strike King,  Rapala, Yum, Lake Fork and Tackle, Brian Hughes of WBAP radio, Barry Stokes of Outdoor Trails TV, American National Bank of Kaufman and Justin Rackley.  Also, a special thanks to the parents who have supported me in this program and helped out at the tournament.

Team Name Team No School Total Award Place
Trevor Thompson-Shelton Vasquez 5 Kaufman     19.47 $2,000.00 1st
Colt Benedict-Zachary Laky 27 Forney     13.44 $1,200.00 2nd
Cole Clinton-Keaton Davis 12 Carthage     13.24 Plaque 3rd
Austin Ellis-Hunter McNeese 40 Marble Falls     13.08 Plaque 4th
Damon Machost-Cooper Adair 33 Royse City     13.07 Plaque 5th
Marshall White-Lane Allen 4 Kaufman     12.90 Merchandise 6th
Chase Wood-Conner Pennington 39 Crandall     12.39 Merchandise 7th
Brandon Bales-Kyle Dragulski 16 Heath High     11.68 Merchandise 8th
Alec Castongvay-Khristian Salcedo 24 Heath High     11.44 Merchandise 9th
Lane Martin-Tanner McMillian 17 Rowlett      8.95 Merchandise 10th
Jaylon Stanley-Jacob Kendrick 21 Jefferson      8.88 Merchandise 11th
Hayden Sickles-Colton Frazier 48 Sulphur Springs      8.08 Merchandise 12th
JB Mills-Justin Liggett 3 Kaufman      7.60 Merchandise 13th
Carsyn Frazier-Megan Alcorn 32 Crandall      7.08 Merchandise 14th
Blake Rardin-Austin Brabham 29 Forney      6.50 Merchandise 15th
Kory Calloway-Tyler Gilbert 25 Forney      6.18 Merchandise 16th
Hunter Smith-Ryan Pennington 23 North Forney      6.10 Merchandise 17th
Trevor Dykema-Dakota Trimble 22 Crandall      5.85 Merchandise 18th
Cody Fennell-Cody Lang 34 Whitesboro      5.36 Merchandise 19th
Zachary Starling-Colton Kirk 35 Quinlan Ford      4.64 Merchandise 20th
Nick O’Conner-Lane Amidson 42 Marble Falls      4.58 Merchandise 21st
Seth McGregor-Chris Matlock 20 Jefferson      4.19 Merchandise 22nd
Justin Cogburn-Miles Bradley 47 Eastland      3.90 Merchandise 23rd
Randall Williams-Katalynn Bird 49 Gary      3.34 Merchandise 24th
Mallory Pettijohn-Morgan Baker 36 Crandall      2.66 Merchandise 25th
Jonathan Ellis-Miranda Allen 30 Forney      2.10 Merchandise 26th
Blake Shaw-Rusty Faries 2 Kaufman      1.51 Merchandise 27th
Dillion Williams-Lindsey Harp 18 Jefferson      1.49 Merchandise 28th
Hunter Delz-Conner White 44 Marble Falls      1.35 Merchandise 29th
Dalton Adams-Ben Marecle 31 Forney      1.30 Merchandise 30th
Dacota Dennis-Clayton Amendson 28 Forney      1.22 Merchandise 31st
Big Bass
Colt Benedict-Zachary Laky 27 Forney      7.26 Plaque 1st
Marshall White-Lane Allen 4 Kaufman      6.19 2nd
Hunter Smith-Ryan Pennington 23 North Forney      6.10 3rd
Austin Ellis-Hunter McNeese 40 Marble Falls      5.75 4th
Chase Wood-Conner Pennington 39 Crandall      5.65 5th
Trevor Thompson-Shelton Vasquez 5 Kaufman      5.28 6th
Cole Clinton-Keaton Davis 12 Carthage      5.25 7th
Brandon Bales-Kyle Dragulski 16 Heath High      4.96 8th
Top 3 Team Totals
Kaufman 4, 5 & 3 39.97 1st
Forney 27, 29, 25 26.12 2nd
Crandall 39, 32, 22 25.32 3rd
Jefferson 21, 20, 18 14.56 4th
Carthage 12, 11, 10 13.24 5th