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September 20, 2012

Youth Bass Fishing League underway for the season for Dixie Hornet Anglers

The Dixie High School (Due West) Hornet Anglers kicked off the season with a tournament held Sept. 8 on Lake Secession.

Despite afternoon thundershowers cutting the day short by an hour, all 34 anglers fished and everyone had a great time. Chris Bensel won the 14 to 18-year-old group with Ben Stone in second and he also nabbed the big fish, Alex Davenport placed third. The 11-14 group was won by Andrew Mitchell with Wilson Sykes coming in second. Thirty-nine fish were caught, weighing in at 82.88 pounds with an average of 2.13 pounds each. Four anglers caught over ten pounds each.

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, the Student Angler Federation High School Championship and the B.A.S.S Juniors State Championship.

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, The Bass Federation of South Carolina and B.A.S.S 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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