LINCOLN – Grant Pavelka and Tyler Rowland of the North Platte Bass Bosses caught a five-fish limit weighing 9.86 pounds to capture the Nebraska High School Fishing Championship on July 25 at Lewis and Clark Lake near Crofton.
The winning team’s largest bass weighed 2.35 pounds. Ben Pavelka was the team’s coach and boat operator.
Rees Cudaback and Eli Leggett of the Millard North Mustangs took second place with three fishing weighing 5.84 pounds. Zane Leibhart and Brent Bergman of Lincoln County Bass Bosses caught three fish weighing 4.86 pounds for third place.
The Millard North team of Caleb Hoover and Grant Young caught the tournament’s biggest bass at 2.49 pounds.
This fifth annual event at Lewis and Clark Lake State Recreation Area’s Weigand Marina was hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and The Bass Federation-Student Angler Federation. Twelve teams competed. Each team could weigh in a maximum of five bass, with a minimum length limit of 12 inches. For more information on the tournament, visit: http://www.highschoolfishing.org/2015-state-championships/.
The winning team will represent Nebraska at the Southern Conference Regional tournament on Oct. 17. The event will take place on the Arkansas River at Pine Bluff, Ark., where they will compete against teams from Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Anglers at this tournament will attempt to qualify for the TBF/FLW High School National Championship next spring and a $10,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.