NORTHEAST WISCONSIN BASS CLUB WINS BASS PRO SHOPS FLW HIGH SCHOOL FISHING MISSISSIPPI RIVER OPEN
WABASHA, Minn. (July 22, 2019) – The Northeast Wisconsin Bass Club duo of Trace Yeager of Shawano, Wisconsin, and Reece Keeney of Hortonville, Wisconsin, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 16 pounds, 4 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Mississippi River Open presented by Evinrude.
A field of 47 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from Izaak Walton Park in Wabasha, Minnesota. The tournament was hosted by the Wabasha-Kellogg Area Chamber of Commerce & Convention and Visitors Bureau. In FLW and The Bass Federation (TBF) High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.
The top four teams on the Mississippi River that advanced to the 2020 High School Fishing National Championship were:
1st: Northeast Wisconsin Bass Club – Trace Yeager, Shawano, Wis., and Reece Keeney, Hortonville, Wis., five bass, 16-4
2nd: Baldwin-Woodville High School, Baldwin, Wis. – Cody Brightbill, Baldwin, Wis., and Easton Lindus, Woodville, Wis., five bass, 15-4
3rd: Melrose-Mindoro High School, Melrose, Wis. – Ethan Stanton, Mindoro, Wis., and Cael Cogdill, Melrose, Wis., five bass, 14-13
4th: Albert Lea High School, Albert Lea, Minn. – Griffin Thompson and Thomas Lundell, both of Albert Lea, Minn., five bass, 14-11
Rounding out the top 10 teams were:
5th: Owatonna High School, Owatonna, Minn. – Brady Matz and Walker Krampitz, both of Waseca, Minn., five bass, 14-0
6th: Brevard High School, Brevard, N.C. – Matthew Case, Brevard, N.C., and Andrew Howell, Pisgah Forest, N.C., five bass, 13-8
7th: Wabasha-Kellogg Secondary School, Wabasha, Minn. – Tanner Sanderson, Wabasha, Minn., and Gavin Owens, St. Charles, Minn., five bass, 13-8
8th: Waupaca Junior Bass Busters, Waupaca, Wis. – Tyler Cory, Amherst, Wis., and Casey Hoffman, New London, Wis., five bass, 12-13
9th: Prescott High School, Prescott, Wis. – Hunter Navarro and Cole Dravis, both of Prescott, Wis., five bass, 12-13
10th: Waupaca Junior Bass Busters, Waupaca, Wis. – Tucker Cory, Amherst, Wis., and Brock Gullixon, Iola, Wis., five bass, 12-11
Complete results from the event can be found at FLWFishing.com.
The 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Mississippi River Open presented by Evinrude was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12, open to any Student Angler Federation (SAF) affiliated high school club in the United States. The top 10 percent of each Challenge, Open, and state championship field will advance to the 2020 High School Fishing National Championship on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.
In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest open high school bass tournament, the 2020 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. At the 2019 World Finals more than $150,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2019 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.