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June 14, 2013

Dixie HS, Abbeville HS anglers advance to TBF Junior World Championship

The Dixie High School (Due West) Hornet Anglers recently came out on top at the TBF of SC State Youth Championship at Dreher Island State Park on Lake Murray. Two state champions from both age divisions were also crowned and will move on to the Junior World Championship in Louisiana.

Dixie's six man team consisted of Christopher Bensel, Ben Stone, Alex Davenport, Parker Cann, Steven Riddle, and Cody Powell. Dixie had a total weight of 26.75 pounds. Abbeville High finished 2nd with a close 25.47 pounds. North Augusta rounded out the top three with a total weight of 20.09 pounds. There were a total of 21 teams and clubs from around the state that competed with 98 anglers.Dixie HS anglers

Christopher Bensel (Dixie) won the 15-18 year old division with 14.31 pounds, and Colin Slentz (Abbeville High School/Wright Middle School) won the 11-14 year old division with 8.97 pounds. These two anglers will be representing South Carolina in their age divisions in Shreveport, Louisiana for the Junior World Championship which will be held in August during the Forest Wood Cup.

Interested in forming a bass fishing club at your school? 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, 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 by contacting DNR Aquatic Education Coordinator Lorianne Riggin at (803) 737-8483 or RigginL@dnr.sc.gov.

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