LINCOLN – Grant Pavelka and Tyler Rowland of North Platte High School caught a five-fish limit weighing 15.85 pounds to capture the Nebraska High School Fishing Championship for the second year in a row. The event took place July 23 at Elwood Reservoir Wildlife Management Area north of Elwood in Gosper County.
The winning team’s largest bass weighed 3.57 pounds. Ben Pavelka was the team’s coach and boat operator.
Ian Pinhero and Owen Jansen of Omaha Westside took second place with five fish weighing 14.87 pounds. They also caught the tournament’s biggest fish at 3.98 pounds. Syd Wier and Clayton Stevens of McCook caught five fish weighing 13.89 pounds for third place.
This sixth annual state tournament, which included 32 teams, was hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and The Bass Federation-Student Angler Federation. Each team could weigh in a maximum of five bass, with a minimum length limit of 15 inches.
The top three teams are eligible to represent Nebraska at the Southern Conference Regional Tournament on Oct. 15 at Cypress Lake Bayou near Shreveport, La.