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March 4, 2013

March 2 Youth Bass Fishing anglers hold tournaments around the state

Intermittent showers and chilly temperatures didn’t slow down the 38 young anglers from around South Carolina and Georgia on March 2 at Lake Thurmond/Clarks Hill for the Border Bass Tournament. Christopher Carnes with the Lake Wylie High School Jr. Anglers took the top prize of a $500 scholarship, among other prizes, with 13.62 pounds. Brad Wilson with the North Augusta Middle School Anglers took the top prize (and $150 gift certificate) in the lower age division with 7.24 pounds. Chad Matthews also with Lake Wylie High School won the Big Fish Award with 4.5 pounds (and a $250 gift certificate). Also participating in the tournament were TL Hanna High School, Barnwell County Career Center, North Augusta High School and Harlem High School (Ga.).

There were similar conditions for the Conway Tiger Invitational on March 2 out of Bucksport Marina. It was cold and cloudy with winds most of the day. This coupled with several days of rain made for only seven fish caught from 12 boats. The Waccamaw High School team took the top honors as Vincent Dimaggio and Blair Avant had a bad of 6.08 pounds. Vincent also took the Big Fish award with 3.31 pounds. Also participating in the tournament was Conway High School and Carolina Forest High School.

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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