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May 3, 2013

Dixie HS angler wins B.A.S.S. Nation Junior Bassmaster Southern Divisional

Ben Stone of Donalds, S.C. and a Dixie High School Hornet Angler (Due West), and Clayton Childs of Bishop, Ga., both took home trophies on April 26 after winning their respective age divisions in the 2013 B.A.S.S. Nation Junior Bassmaster Southern Divisional on Douglas Lake in Tennessee. Both teens will advance to the 2013 Bassmaster Junior World Championship in October in Arkansas, held in conjunction with the 2013 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship.

Stone fishes competitively as much as possible and after leaving the weigh-in, he headed straight home to compete in another tournament the next day. “I’m going to try to fish as a career,” said Stone, 16. “This win means a lot as far as sponsors and experience.” Stone fished shaky heads and jigs to catch his limit, “The jig is one I tied myself. I started tying jigs a couple of years ago. It’s special to catch some of your fish on something you made.” His shaky head setup was a Buckeye Spot Remover with a 5-inch green pumpkin Yamamoto Senko and Zoom Trick Worm, alternately. Like Childs, Stone keyed on rocky 45-degree banks.

The next qualifiers to earn an invitation to the Bassmaster Junior World Championship will come from the 2013 B.A.S.S. Nation Junior Bassmaster Central Divisional, June 7, on Texas’ Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

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 at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/aquaticed/youthbass/ or by contacting DNR Aquatic Education Coordinator Lorianne Riggin at (803) 737-8483 or RigginL@dnr.sc.gov.



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