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6th Annual SCDNR Youth Bass Fishing Championship sees good participation, scholarships awarded March 28, 2018

Woodruff High School won the gold in Overall School Team. Photo by Pamela Corwin, SCDNR

Woodruff High School won the gold in Overall School Team. Photo by Pamela Corwin, SCDNR

Youth anglers from around South Carolina descended upon the Midlands for the 6th Annual SCDNR Youth Bass Fishing Championship on March 24. Ninety boats from 51 schools around the state launched from Lighthouse Marina and Hilton Recreation Area on Lake Murray, and a total of 72 angler pairs brought fish to the scales at the Palmetto Sportsmenís Classic at the S.C. State Fairgrounds.

White Knoll High Schoolís Caleb Chasteen and Jamison Cummings each received two checks, one from Huk Performance Fishing Gear for $250 and one from Berkley and Abu Garcia brands for $600. A new scholarship in the form of $200 for the student with the biggest fish was provided by Bigfish Outfitters. This check, awarded to the top ranked high school two-man team pair, is to be used at a college or technical school of the anglersí choice. Trophies, medals, plaques and Abu Garcia and Berkley fishing gear were awarded to the winners, and all participants received a commemorative t-shirt sponsored by Lake Murray Country. Championship bragging rights went to the following:

Biggest Fish

Two-Man Teams: Middle School

Two-Man Teams: High School

Overall School Team: Middle School

Overall School Team: High School

Are you interested in forming a bass fishing club at your school? You'll 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 are a product of a partnership between SCDNR, The Bass Federation of South Carolina and B.A.S.S with help and support from parents, teachers, school districts, local bait and tackle shops, community partners and Pure Fishing.

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