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November 14, 2012

19 junior anglers participate in Byrnes Fishing Club tournament

The first ever James F. Byrnes High School Fishing Club tournament was held on Nov. 10 at Lyman Lake Lodge on Lyman Lake in Spartanburg County.
The winner of the Club division was Clay Rimer with a 3.1 pound winning bass. This also won Clay the "Biggest" fish award as well. Second place went to Wesley Wykel of Florence Chapel Middle School. Wesley had a 1.4 pound bass that locked up the runner-up spot. The fishing was spotty at best, but the 19 students who competed in the tournament all considered it a success.

James F. Byrnes High School Fishing Club plans another tournament in February 2013.
Interested in forming a bass fishing club at your school and becoming a part of the Youth Bass Fishing League? It's more than just the thrill of reeling in the big one and enjoying time with friends, fishing club members also learn information about fisheries management, artificial lures, attractants and more. 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 are a product of a partnership between the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, The Bass Federation of South Carolina and B.A.S.S with help and support from parents, teachers, school districts, local bait and 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, RigginL@dnr.sc.gov.

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