NC Anglers Finish 5th At National Championship

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Tyler Dunn and Matthew Shrewsbury showcased one heck of a roller coaster ride during the inaugural B.A.S.S. High School National Championship on Kentucky Lake and Carroll County Reservoir. After a disappointing day #1 On Kentucky Lake, the pair were well outside of the top 30 and needed to make up plenty of ground in order to continue fishing after day #2. Digging deep into their box of angling skills the duo bounced back with a strong performance during day #2 on Kentucky Lake and ended up in the 27th position, earning the tandem a spot in the next leg of competition.

With a move of venue to the Carroll County Reservoir on days 3 and 4, the scores were reset to zero for the thirty teams that would start the second leg of this championship event. Dunn and Shrewsbury were all smiles at weigh-in as the teammates walked off stage in first place and easily bypassed the top 10 cut for the final day of the event.

Day #4 CWith the last day of competition to go, the pair had to overcome the pressures associated with their newly earned spot at the top of the leaderboard, ignore the numerous ESPN camera boats chasing the top 10 angling teams, and simply focus on catching fish for one more weigh-in period. “It was a tough day for them” said Mark Williamson, boat captain for Dunn and Shrewsbury. “Matthew had made a very long cast and hooked up with a five pounder. With that fish biting on such a long cast it was hard for Matthew to get a really good hook-set and the fish came up near the rear of the boat Day #4 Aand simply threw the lure. It was a devastating blow to the two anglers.” After some time reflecting on the disappointing moment, Williamson focused on helping bring the two anglers back mentally and keep their spirits up for the remaining hours of the event. The tandem did manage several other bites, but were only able to bring one fish to the scales by days end, ultimately landing the team in the fifth position.

For more information, photos, and stories from this event, visit Bassmaster.com or click here to be redirected to the Bassmaster web page.

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NC Youth Rise To The Top

Shrewsbury & Dunn Take Control Of The B.A.S.S. High School National Championship

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Proving that anything is possible, Matthew Shrewsbury and Tyler Dunn have climbed their way back into contention for hoisting the B.A.S.S. National Championship trophy high above their heads by days end on Saturday. Shrewsbury and Dunn have defied the odds and have moved all the way to the top of the standings with their day #3 performance. With only one day of competition to go, the duo will attempt to fend off any of the remaining contenders. Only the top 10 teams will compete on day #4.

8_145Falling a little short on day #3 was the second North Carolina team, consisting of Chris Chavez and Ethan Howard. Holding strong after the first two days of competition, the tandem finished day #3 in the 22nd position. Although physically out of the competition, Chavez and Howard continue their adventure through the eyes of their fellow North Carolinians, Shrewsburry and Dunn, by offering lures and moral support for the final day of the event. The four high schoolers have become close over the course of the week and their team spirit is evident with their actions among each other.

Bassmaster.com will offer live coverage once again during the final weigh-in and can be viewed by clicking here.

To read the full story provided by Bassmaster.com regarding Shrewsburry and Dunn click here.

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NC High School Teams Advance To Day #3

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17_103With two days of B.A.S.S. High School National Championship competition in the books, the field of 61 has now been cut to 30. Chris Chavez and Ethan Howard, representing Clayton High, netted a decent showing on day #1 of competition with a five fish limit weighing 10lbs – 12oz leaving the duo in 20th place. However, the Beddingfield team of Tyler Dunn and Matthew Shrewsbury were not so fortunate on day #1 and were forced to cross the stage at days end with only one keeper, landing the tandem in 50th spot.

41_16On day #2 Chavez and Howard created a bit of drama by only bringing three fish to the scales at 6lbs – 10oz bringing their two-day total to 17lbs – 6oz and landing the pair in 23rd position overall. Dunn and Shrewsbury showed their “Never Give Up” attitude and hauled in an impressive three-fish / 12lb – 5oz catch that leaped the tandem slightly above the top 30 cut-off to end the day in the 27th position.

Days 1 & 2 Results

The 30 teams that made the cut will now converge onto Carroll County Lake where the event will finish out the final two days of competition.

Additional event information, stories, and photos can be found at the bassmaster.com site or by clicking here to be re-directed to the page.

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NC Teams Contending At National Championship

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Two high school teams from North Carolina have embarked on a journey that will create memories for a lifetime. Chris Chavez and Ethan Howard from Clayton High, along with Tyler Dunn and Matthew Shrewsbury from Beddingfield High, are competing this week in the Bassmaster High School Championship presented by Carhartt.014071495105141

IMG_1329731353629659Hosted by Bethel University, the event will take place on the waters of Kentucky Lake and Carroll County Reservoir near Paris, Tennessee. A total of 58 teams from 33 states have converged to test their angling skills for the chance at not only holding the championship trophy, but their share of over $66,000 in scholarships.

Both teams were able to get some valuable time in on the water both Monday and Tuesday during the official practice days. The tournament days are Wednesday through Saturday and will consist of cuts after day two and day three that will eliminate teams from competition.

For more information on this unique event and to follow the action, visit Bassmaster.com or click here to be taken directly to the site.

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Badin Lake Event Details

From: Bob Bauer – Youth Director

The Badin Tournament on the 29th will be launching from Fishtales Marina ( The old Lake Forest marina)

Website: Home Page

700 Lake Forest Drive

New London, NC 28127

This will let us avoid the traffic at Circle drive. The marina will not be open but we have permission to use the area.

Blast off at 8:00am weigh in at 3:00pm.

5 fish all 14″ or longer.

I am trying to make sure we will have hot dogs and snacks for everyone after the event.

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NC High School Team Event #2–Lake Norman

Grigg & Underwood Earn Lake Norman Victory

Story & Photos: Jeff Narron

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The Angler’s Choice North Carolina High School Open Series, operating under the North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation umbrella held its second event November 30, 2013 on Lake Norman near Mooresville, NC.  This was the second of four tournament events that will allow these young anglers to accumulate points that will be used to determine the top two teams that will advance to the B.A.S.S. High School Championship*.

*The format requires two high school anglers to pair up for each event, catch and weigh their five largest fish at days end, and earn points based on their finishing order.  The two teams with the highest scores after the four events will represent North Carolina at the National Championship.

20131130_155141_LLSFifteen teams arrived before day break at the McCrary Creek access for morning registration with below freezing temperatures resulting in the anglers as conscious of warm clothing as much as tackle. Nevertheless, the cold air didn’t dampen the spirits of these young anglers as eight of the teams weighed in five-fish limits by days end. Justin Grigg and Trevor Underwood, representing Clover High, took the top spot with a weight of 11.25 lbs. The duo also netted the lunker for the event with a 3.80 kicker fish and earned the Bass Pro Shops – Big Fish Award. The tandem of Mathew Shewsbury and Tyler Dunn, representing Beddingfield High, followed in the second position with their catch of 9.80 lbs. Representing China Grove Middle and showing a strong performance was the team of Luke Farley and Ben Bauer, with a third place overall finish (First Place – Middle School Division) with their catch of 9.35 lbs. Chris Shulstad and partner Hill (First Name Unknown), representing Piedmont High, ended the day in fourth overall with their limit of fish weighing 9.10 lbs. Rounding out the top five positions was the team of Bobby Bauer and Jacob Keever, representing Carson High, with their 8.25 lbs of Lake Norman bass.

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Complete Results

Standings After Lake Norman

The next scheduled event will take place 2/23/14 on Shearon Harris Lake. A complete schedule is listed below. For more information on how your school can start its own High School team or for more information on these upcoming events contact Bob Bauer at 336-972-0393.

Event #1  10/26/13 – Kerr Lake – Flemingtown Access

Event #2  11/30/13 – Lake Norman – McCrary Creek Access

Event #3  2/23/14 – Shearon Harris – Cross Point Landing

Event #4  3/29/14 – Badin Lake – Circle Drive Access

Event Photos – Click For Larger Size

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NC High School Team Event #1–Kerr Lake

Howard & Chavez on top in first event of it’s kind for B.A.S.S. in North Carolina

uvs131029-002Tournament bass fishing has seen a lot of changes over the years.  Most importantly, in my opinion, we’ve seen the doors open for younger generations to compete under the same formats as the pros.  The introduction of collegiate bass fishing saw some amazing growth.  Who would have ever thought the concept would soon trickle down into the high school level, where not only can these young adults battle it out on the football field on Friday nights, they can now go face to face with other area schools on the water as well.  The concept of high school fishing competition is slowly catching on.  Some states already recognize it as a sanctioned high school sport.  Others are gaining momentum with more and more schools showing interest.  North Carolina is one of those states gaining momentum.

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uvs131029-001The Angler’s Choice North Carolina High School Open Series, operating under the North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation umbrella held its inaugural event October 26, 2013 on Kerr Lake near Henderson, NC.  This was the first of four tournament events that will allow these young anglers to accumulate points that will be used to determine the top two teams that will advance to the B.A.S.S. High School Championship.  The format requires two high school anglers to pair up for each event, catch and weigh their five largest fish at days end, and earn points based on their finishing order.  The two teams with the highest scores after the four events will represent North Carolina at the National Championship.

uvs131029-003Ethan Howard and Chris Chavez got off to a great start in their quest for the championship by winning the Kerr Lake event with a five fish limit tipping the scales at 11.75 lbs. Howard also landed the Bass Pro Shops lunker of the event with his 3.90 kicker. Taking the second position was the team of Owen Smith and Roman Fontaine with 5.90 lbs. The duo of Quinton Carwell and Zach Greene nailed down the third spot with 5.45 lbs. Grabbing the fourth spot with 4.80 lbs was the pair of Raymond Lines and Andrew Johnson. Rounding out the top five included the team of Bobby Bauer and Jacob Keever with 4.20 lbs.

Complete results can be found by clicking here.

The next scheduled event will take place 11/30/13 on Lake Norman. A complete schedule is listed below. For more information on how your school can start its own High School team or for more information on these upcoming events contact Bob Bauer at 336-972-0393.

Event #1  10/26/13 – Kerr Lake – Flemingtown Access

Event #2  11/30/13 – Lake Norman – McCrary Creek Access ( Next to Catawba Queen)

Event #3  2/23/14 – Shearon Harris – Cross Point Landing

Event #4  3/29/14 – Badin Lake – Circle Drive Access

Event Photos (Others will be added as received)

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