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April 30, 2012
T.L. Hanna High School scores back to back SC High School State Champions
Hampton Anderson has become synonymous with winning the South Carolina High School State Bass Fishing Championship. With his partner from last year graduating, the young star recruited the services of his new partner Eli Rowland to capture this year’s event on Greenwood Lake on April 28. With a 36 boat field (up from 14 boats last year) to work through, the pair used a top-water bite to catch a very nice five bass limit that weighed 15 pounds 14 ounces to edge out the runner-up team of Carter McNeil and Justin Morris of Abbeville High School.
The 2nd place team caught a very respectable five fish limit of 14 pounds 4 ounces. Third place went to Brad Williamson and Cory Powers from Chapin High School, who also had a five bass limit weighing 12 pounds 11ounces.
Greenwood Lake proved to be a productive fishery as fifteen teams took home additional prizes sponsored by the Berkley “Five Alive” program that rewards anglers for catching a limit of fish which they bring to the scales alive and well.
Anderson, who also advanced on to the regional competition with his partner last year and placed 5th, will be doing so again this year as a result of winning this year’s event. “We fished some off shore points and humps and we really didn’t have much success until later in the morning when the wind started to put a little ripple on the water,” stated the duo. “Then things kind of came alive and we were able to concentrate on that offshore bite for the rest of the day.”
Anderson and Hampton also claimed the SAF Certified Angler Award, which rewards teams for doing their classroom work with an on-line angler test on Boater Safety, Angler Ethics and Invasive species. This year’s Award was sponsored by the South Carolina TBF and Berkley.
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 also 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 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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