The Wisconsin team of Colin Steck and Nathan Lorenz as well as the Ohio team of Cole Wessner and Daniel Hechler claimed the first two spots in the TBF/FLW High School National Championship Saturday at Lake Carlyle in Central Illinois.
Steck and Lorenz battled through a very tough bite, which left may of the TBF Adult Divisional anglers who fished the lake during the week baffled, on their way to catching two fish that weighed in at 4lbs 12oz to take the win. Wessner and Hechler used one big bite to catch a 3lb 5oz keeper that sealed their ticket to the big dance as all the teams battled through tough weather and constantly changing conditions during the day.
While a variety of baits were used by the 17 team field, crank baits and spinner blades seemed to dominate the conversation on how to catch the elusive greenbacks on one of Illinois biggest inland lakes.
Steck and Lorenz, who are the new Central Conference Champions, will lead 4 additional conference qualifiers to the National Championship at a location to be announced for next spring’s event.
All the teams will be vying for the grand prize of a $10,000 scholarship and national bragging rights at the annual event which will coincide with the TBF Adult National Championship and an FLW Tour event.
Conference Championship competition will continue this week with the Northern Conference Championship on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire where 13 teams will be vying for an additional qualifying spot in the High School National Championship.
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