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August 19, 2011
Two South Carolina youths compete for national bass fishing prestige
Two South Carolina youths, Alex Davenport and Kameron Harbin, traveled to Arkadelphia, Arkansas to compete on DeGray Lake in the National Guard Junior World Championship Aug. 11-13. These two anglers qualified for the opportunity as they took home the title of champion in their respective age categories on Lake Murray at The Bass Federation of South Carolina’s Junior Championship in May 2011.
The students, both from the Dixie High School Bass Fishing Club from Due West, SC, competed with 82 other anglers from 41 states. Anglers are classified in six different divisions: Central, Eastern, Mid-Atlantic, Northern and Southern. Top ranking anglers in each division for each age category (11-14 and 15-18) then advanced to the final 12 for fishing the second day.
Kameron Harbin in the 15-18 age category missed qualifying for the final 12 cut by 2 pounds 8 ounces. He caught his limit fishing shallow creek channels with a finesse jig bringing in a total bag weight of 8 pounds and 3 ounces for the Southern Division. "I have never fished a tournament that was put on that well. I hope I can make it back to fish it again next year," commented Kameron.
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, The Bass Federation of South Carolina and folks from Dixie High School and the town of Due West are definitely proud of these two in qualifying for this prestigious tournament. Alex and Kameron had an experience of a lifetime and even got to meet the legendary pro angler, Hank Parker.
Interested in forming a bass fishing club at your school? All you need to do is get a minimum of six students (within the 11-18 year old range) with dues paid and you can have a Youth Bass Fishing Club. You'll also need an adult at your school to help lead the club, provide advice and help arrange at least two club tournaments, fundraisers, speakers and other learning sessions pertaining to fishing for club meetings. The Youth Bass Fishing Clubs is a product of a partnership between the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and The Bass Federation of South Carolina with help and support from parents, teachers, school districts, local bait & tackle shops, community partners and Pure Fishing.
Find out more about Youth Bass Fishing Clubs by contacting Aquatic Education Coordinator Lorianne Riggin at (803) 737-8483 or RigginL@dnr.sc.gov.