Area Students Excel at High School Fishing Tournament
The 2014 Sam Rayburn Open High School Tournament was held Sunday on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. 66 teams competed in the event which was won by the team of Brendan Reavis of Corrigan Camden High School and Dillon Harrell from Porter, Texas.
The total weight of their haul was 22 pounds, 11 ounces, outdistancing the next closest competitors by nearly 6 full pounds. Finishing 2nd was the team of Michael Snook and Josh Perrin who totaled 16 pounds, 14 ounces. Wrapping up the top three finishers was Hunter Curry and Josh Russell from Broaddus High School. They weighed in at 15 pounds even.
All three of these teams claimed qualifying berths in the Southern Conference Regional Championship which will be held on the Red River in Shreveport in the Fall.
Rounding out the top-10 teams were:
4th: Corrigan-Camden – Hank Bostock and Calvin Burks, five bass, 14-2
5th: TSAF Federation – Kyle Dragulski and Austin Dupree, five bass, 13-14
6th: TSAF Federation – Matthew Bowden and Bo McGraw, four bass, 13-14
7th: Era High School – Travis Lyons and Tanner Lyons, five bass, 13-10
8th: Buna High School – Tanner Cox, five bass, 13-6
9th: Crandall High School – Cody Benson and Collin Head, five bass, 12-12
10th: Twin City High School – Spencer Lambert and Cole Roberts, five bass, 12-9
The complete rundown of standings can be seen here.
The 2014 Texas State High School Fishing Open was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 9-12. The top three teams from each SAF High School Fishing Open held this season will advance to a High School Fishing conference championship along with the top 10 percent of each state championship field. The top 10 percent of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship coinciding with the TBF National Championship and an FLW Tour stop in the spring of 2015. The High School Fishing national champions each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.
In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all SAF members nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest high school bass tournament, the 2014 High School Fishing World Finals, held on Lake Dardanelle in Russelville, Ark., on July 15-19. At the 2013 World Finals more than $40,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.
A special thanks is due to Jackson Hill Marina, the city of San Augustine, and Broaddus High School for their great work for this event.