Camdenton High School Wins MLF High School Fishing Open Tournament on Lake of the Ozarks

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (March 20, 2023) – The Camdenton High School team of Corbin Bailey and Kaden Messina brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 12 pounds, 3 ounces, to win the MLF High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing Open on Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Missouri.

A field of 60 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which was hosted by the Tri-County Lodging Association. In MLF High School Fishing competition, the top 10% of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.

The top six teams that advanced to the 2023 High School Fishing National Championship are:

1st: Camdenton High School, Camdenton, Mo. – Corbin Bailey and Kaden Messina, five bass, 12-3
2nd: CW Bass Club – Cayden Harmon and Will Shepherd, four bass, 11-11
3rd: Kick-Back Bass Club, Kansas City, Kan.  – Derek Landis and Landon Staines, four bass, 11-9
4th: Clearwater R-1 High School, Piedmont, Mo. – Caden McAlister and Brayden Wilson, four bass, 8-14
5th: Vilonia High School, Vilonia, Ark. – John Mason Davis and Noah Yelich, four bass, 8-5
6th: Bolivar High School, Bolivar, Mo. – Colin Ames and Logan Welch, four bass, 7-8

Rounding out the top 10 teams were:

7th: Reeds Spring High School, Reeds Spring, Mo. – Jace McMasters and Dominick Willard, two bass, 7-8
8th: Oologah-Talala Public Schools, Oologah, Okla. – Corbyn Hayes and Chase Robinson, three bass, 7-5
9th: Edmond Santa Fe High School, Edmond, Okla. – Jayden Pierce and Ethan Vaughan, two bass, 6-14
10th: Camdenton High School, Camdenton, Mo. – Caston Embry and Caden Kowal, two bass, 5-10

Complete results from the event can be found at

MLF High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing tournaments are free, two-person (team) events for students in grades 7-12 and are open to any MLF and TBF Student Angler Federation-affiliated high school club. The top 10% of teams at each Open event, along with the TBF High School Fishing state championships, will advance to the 2023 High School Fishing National Championship. The 2023 MLF High School Fishing National Championship will be held on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin, June 20-24, and is hosted by Explore La Crosse.

The High School Fishing National Champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice and advance to the 2023 MLF Toyota Series Championship to compete as co-anglers.

Proud sponsors of the 2023 MLF High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, B&W Trailer Hitches, Black Rifle Coffee Company, E3, Favorite Fishing, Fox Rent a Car, General Tire, Grundens, Lawless Lures, Lew’s, Lowrance, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Wiley X and YETI.

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