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Oct. 5, 2011
Abbeville High School Panther Fishing Team conducts inaugural Bass Fishing League tournament
The Abbeville High School Panther Fishing Team held its very first Youth Bass Fishing Club tournament on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Dorn Sport Fishing Facility on J. Strom Thurmond (Clarks Hill) Lake. Twenty-six anglers from Wright Middle and Abbeville High blasted off at daylight with their volunteer boat captains. The anglers fished until 1 p.m. and then held their weigh in.
The results were:
- 11-14 age group
1st Place - Wilson Sykes - 10 pounds, 5 ounces
2nd Place - Christian Lewis - 2 pounds, 10 ounces
3rd place - Nathan Knox - 2 pounds, 7 ounces
- 15-18 age group
1st Place - Ben Thomasson - 5 pounds, 15 ounces
2nd Place- Tripp Griffin – 4 pounds, 6 ounces
3rd Place- Matthew Bannister - 4 pounds, 3 ounces
The team has four additional tournaments planned throughout the fall and spring. The top three anglers in each age group will advance to the South Carolina Youth Junior Championship tournament in May, 2012. This state tournament will include anglers from other fishing teams across the state.
The team is an Abbeville High School club funded solely through sponsorships and donations. The boat captains and many other people volunteer their time to make the tournaments possible.
Interested in forming a bass fishing club at your school? Perhaps you'll do as well as a two brother team from the Barnwell County Career Center Bass Fishing Club who competed in the 2011 High School Fishing World Finals this past July and came in seventh out of 101 teams from around the United States.
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 S.C. 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 by contacting Aquatic Education Coordinator Lorianne Riggin at (803) 737-8483 or RigginL@dnr.sc.gov.
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