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March 29, 20153rd Annual SCDNR Youth Bass Fishing Championship held on Lake Murray March 28

Youth anglers from around South Carolina descended upon the Midlands for the 3rd Annual SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Youth Bass Fishing Championship. 73 boats from 41 schools launched on Lake Murray from Dreher Island State Park on March 28th. The morning started off brisk, but the skies were clear and windy. 52 angler pairs brought fish to the scales at the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic at the SC State Fairgrounds in the Grand Stand. 

Trophies, medals, plaques and Abu Garcia and Berkley fishing gear were awarded to the winners. Dayquan Telley and Matthew Martin from Westside High each received a check for $600 to the college or technical school of their choice for the heaviest bag of fish for top ranked high school two man team pair. Each participant received a commemorative t-shirt sponsored by Lake Murray Country. Championship bragging rights went to the following:

Biggest Fish
Middle School: Daelyn Whaley, Wright Middle, 4.27 pounds
High School: Trenton Christopher, Greer Middle College Charter High, 5.43 pounds

Two Man Teams-Middle School
1st: Daelyn Whaley & Christian Crocker, Wright Middle, 12.85 pounds
2nd: Briar Pope & Jared Nelson, Lexington Middle, 12.07 pounds
3rd: Nate Ansay & Chase Tarlton, 7.95 pounds

Two Man Teams-High School
1st: Dayquan Telley & Matthew Martin, Westside High, 16.21 pounds
2nd: Trenton Christopher & Daniel Bailey, Greer Middle College Charter High, 14.15 pounds
3rd: Dean Williams & Tyler Turnage, White Knoll High, 13.23 pounds

Overall School Team Award-Middle School
1st: Wright Middle School, 16.29 pounds
2nd: Lexington Middle School, 15.99 pounds
3rd: Southside Middle School, 10.52 pounds

Overall School Team Award-High School
1st: Dixie High School, 22.06 pounds
2nd: Abbeville High School, 18.70 pounds
3rd: Chapman High School, 18.58 pounds

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 at (803) 737-8483 or aquaticed@dnr.sc.gov.

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