Georgia student anglers win Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing

Published 7:06 pm Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Georgia Student Anglers duo of Jackson Conley of Bainbridge, Georgia, and Brunson Fain of Donalsonville, Georgia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 3 ounces to win the 2018 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Seminole Open presented by Berkley.

According to post-tournament reports, the duo caught their fish in the Flint River, slow-rolling a blue and gray-colored spinnerbait over the rocky bottom.

A field of 25 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from Wingate’s Lodge in Bainbridge. In FLW/TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.

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The top two teams on Lake Seminole that advanced to the 2019 High School Fishing National Championship were:

  1st:     Georgia Student Anglers – Jackson Conley, Bainbridge, Ga., and Brunson Fain, Donalsonville, Ga., five bass, 17-3

  2nd:    Quincy Junior Bass Club – Brent Johns, Quincy, Fla., and C.J. Lockamy, Southport, Fla., five bass, 13-4

Rounding out the top 10 were:

3rd:     Gordon Lee High School, Chickamauga, Ga. – Nickolas Barnes, Chickamauga, Ga., and Devon Underwood, Rock Springs, Ga., five bass, 12-7

4th:     Bainbridge High School, Bainbridge, Ga. – Reece Conley and Ashton Aldridge, both of Bainbridge, Ga., three bass, 11-0

5th:     Quincy Junior Bass Club – Niki Smith, Quincy, Fla., and Bodie Lachina, Lynn Haven, Fla., five bass, 10-3

6th:     North Mississippi Student Anglers – Parker Maples and Kade Minor, both of Amory, Miss., four bass, 9-13

7th:     Marietta High School, Marietta, Ga. – Lee Rose Koza and Carter Koza, both of Marietta, Ga., three bass, 9-0

8th:     Shelby County Fishing Team – Ethan King, Wilsonville, Ala., and Tyler Cain, Bessemer, Ala., five bass, 8-5

9th:     Quincy Junior Bass Club – Riley McKamey, Tallahassee, Fla., and Tommy Dunaway, Havana, Fla., two bass, 7-8

10th:   Temple High School, Temple, Ga. – Elijah Nixon and Dawson Stripling, both of Temple Ga., three bass, 6-15

Complete results and photos of the top five finishers from the event can be found at

The 2018 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Seminole Open Presented by Berkley 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 2019 High School Fishing National Championship on a body of water that has yet to be revealed. 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 2019 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. At the 2018 World Finals more than $150,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.

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