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August 19, 2011
SC team finishes 7th out 101 in High School Fishing World Finals
A two brother team from the Barnwell County Career Center Bass Fishing Club, Cody and Trevor Jeffers, competed in the 2011 High School Fishing World Finals in Russellville, Arkansas on Lake Dardanelle July 20-22. The Jeffers brothers were strong competitors for the other 101 teams from 23 different states. This was the second year for the High School Fishing World Finals and the second year that Barnwell County Career Center sent two of their students.
On Day 1 of the tournament, Cody and Trevor fished both shallow and deep water to catch their five bass limit with a total weight of 14 pounds 2 ounces, just 3 ounces away from taking the lead. "This is our first time on Lake Dardanelle and to come in second after the first day; we are definitely proud and excited about second right now," Trevor Jeffers commented.
Despite the high heat advisories, Cody and Trevor jumped to first place on Day 2 of the tournament with a 5 bass limit that weighed 10 pounds 1 ounce, bringing their two day cumulative weight to 24 pounds and 3 ounces. This allowed the Jeffers to make the day two cut where only 7 teams competed for the top place title and a chance to win college scholarships from Bethel University in Tennessee.
The final day, the scales are zeroed out so all 7 teams compete on an even playing field. Even though, on day one and two of the tournament the Jeffers were in the lead, they fell to 7th on the final day with 3 bass at 4 pounds and 6 ounces. "The fishing just got tough. They dropped the lake level a little over a foot and ruined the areas we had been fishing. We did not have a game plan for a lower water level. We will next year and can't wait to go back. Hopefully we can go back and do just as good or better," said Cody Jeffers.
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, The Bass Federation of South Carolina and folks from Barnwell County are definitely proud of these two and their accomplishments of coming in 7th out of 101 teams in this tournament. The Jeffers brothers didn't leave Arkansas empty handed, but returned home with Cabela's gift cards, Berkeley Prize Packages and Amazon Kindles.
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.