July 24, 2013
Dixie HS anglers advance to 2014 B.A.S.S. High School Classic
Sixty-six high school teams from nine different states met on Lake Wheeler in Decatur, Alabama for the B.A.S.S. High School Invitational on July 20. This was the first event of its kind and netted the top eight teams a spot in the 2014 B.A.S.S. High School Classic, which will be held in conjunction with the 2014 Bassmaster Classic in Birmingham, Alabama.
Rounding out the top eight were Ben Stone and Christopher Bensel from the Dixie High School (Due West, SC) Hornet Angler’s Team with five fish weighing in at 11 pounds 5 ounces. Much like South Carolina in recent months, the rain has been relentless in the Alabama area for the tournament. The Dixie team got their best results in the current stream with crankbaits and shakeyheads.
But it was still a tough day on the water, "We had some boat trouble finishing out the day," said Dixie angler Stone. "We made it to official check-in with only 10 seconds to spare." Stone also noted that if not for their generous sponsors their team would not be possible and he encouraged anyone to sponsor a team for their local schools, "As far as I am concerned this is one of the best things to happen in schools in the last few years. Kids that otherwise wouldn't participate in school activities now have a place for them as well."
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has partnered with The Bass Federation and B.A.S.S to promote middle and high schools forming teams around South Carolina. Contact DNR Aquatic Education Coordinator Lorianne Riggin at (803) 737-8483, RigginL@dnr.sc.gov to find out more about the Bass Fishing Clubs and available tournaments.
Interested in forming a bass fishing club at your school and becoming a part of a Youth Bass Fishing Club? 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 bass club, provide advice and help arrange at least two club tournaments, fundraisers, speakers and other learning sessions pertaining to fishing for club meetings.
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