Central Florida was well represented in Florida’s first BASS High School Open Team Tournament Saturday, March 30, on Lake Toho, but coastal anglers held the day.
Adam Brandes and Adam William of Rockledge High School near Cocoa won Florida’s first BASS High School Open Team Tournament with a 16.67 pound bag.
Travis Conrad and Justin White of Riverdale High School in Fort Myers took second place with 16.55 pounds and the tournament’s big fish of 7.91 pounds.
Third place went to Jeremy Knepper and Ryan Keith from Boone High School in Orlando with 12.29 pounds, followed by Polk County anglers Dustin Bozeman and Luke Ferguson representing Teneroc High School with 11.43 pounds.
Michael Watkins and Tyler Eberhart of Plant City High School placed fifth with 9.22 pounds, while Harry Linsinbigler (Lakeland Jr. Bassmasters) and Jason Wladyba of Strawberry Crest in Dover took sixth with 8.08 pounds.
Gabe Gelb and Jamie Eskdale of Bartow High School finished 11th with 2.24 pounds.
New to the trail, Lake Gibson High School fielded three teams: Cheyenne Phillips and Chandler Knox, who placed ninth with 3.32 pounds, Chase Drutzky and Jacob Rowe taking 10th with
2.95 pounds and Brett Stevens and
Dustin Hall placing 12th.
Plans for next season include three tournaments beginning in October. High School anglers interested in fishing the BASS High School series can contact Florida BASS Nation Youth Director, Jeff Brooks at 561-271-0252.
Lakeland Jr. Bassmasters Saturday,
April 6, on East Lake Toho.
Bartow High School Yellow Jackets will be on Lake Rochelle, April 27.