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February 28, 2012

Four high schools compete for Lake Murray Youth Bass Fishing Clubs tournament

Unseasonably warm weather greeted the high school student anglers as the day progressed on Feb. 18. Barnwell County Career Center served as host at Lake Murray for Saluda High School, North Augusta High School and T.L. Hanna High School.

Twenty-three contestants weighed in thirty-three bass for a total of 65.34 pounds. The big bass for the day was a 4.46 pounder caught by Trevor Jeffers from Barnwell County that won him a new Pflueger baitcasting reel. 

The tournament winners included:

Both winning teams received a trophy and gift cards. Check in and weigh in duties were conducted by William Shipes from the Clemson University College Bass Team who also gave gift cards and items from their sponsors to the teams.

Form a bass fishing club at your school and you can also compete in tournaments around South Carolina. Clubs currently compete in inter-squad tournaments, against other schools as well as fish The Bass Federation of SC Junior Championship and other Student Angler Federation High School Tournaments.

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.

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