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December 13, 2010

Youth Bass Fishing League holds successful Lake Hartwell tournament

Twenty-one members of the Dixie High Hornet Anglers fished Lake Hartwell on a beautiful fall day on Nov. 13.

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Fog delayed the start of the tournament, but that was the only holdback for the day. Christopher Bensel won the 11-14 group with 11.22 pounds and big fish award at 6+ pounds. Allison Fleming won the 15-18 year old group with 7.48 pounds. Dixie High School graduate and renowned professional fisherman Casey Ashley weighed the fish and gave the anglers encouragement for upcoming events. Also fishing was the Clemson University fishing team.

The new Youth Bass Fishing League is being promoted by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and The Bass Federation. Dixie High School in Due West is home to the Hornet Anglers, one of the first members of the new Youth Bass Fishing League. Students from Dixie, Barnwell County Career Center in Blackville, Bonds County Career Center in Greer, Camden High School, Saluda High School and Westview Middle School in Goose Creek will be fishing for a chance to win scholarships and valuable prizes.

It's more than just the thrill of reeling in the big one, fishing club members also learn information about fisheries management, artificial lures, attractants and more. If the Youth Bass Fishing League can recruit 16 or more high schools to get involved and express a desire for a state championship, then the South Carolina High School League can sanction bass fishing as a high school sport.

Interested in forming a bass fishing club at your school and becoming a part of the Youth Bass Fishing League? All you need to do is get a minimum of 6 students (within the 11-18 year old range) with dues paid and you can have a Youth Bass Fishing League Club. You'll also need an adult at your school to help lead the Youth Bass Federation club, provide advice and help arrange at least two club tournaments, fundraisers, speakers and other learning sessions pertaining to fishing for club meetings.

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