(Apr 28, 2016 - Aberdeen, MS)
The Caledonia High School duo of Parker Humble and Kody White brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 13 pounds, 1 ounce, to win the 2016 TBF/FLW High School Fishing Mississippi State Championship on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. The win earned the team trophies, the title of state champions and advanced the team to the High School Fishing Southeastern Conference championship on Lake Cumberland in Somerset, Kentucky, on September 16-17.
Even though the final outcome ended in their favor, champions Humble and White had a tougher day than most. They lost the lower unit of their outboard around 7 a.m. before they made it to their first stop. They were able to find a replacement boat with lots of help from their boat captain and were able to finish the day. Despite the odds, Humble and White managed to bring the only five-fish limit to the scales, which weighed 13-1, anchored by a 4-pound, 6-ounce kicker.
The top two teams on Tenn-Tom Waterway that advanced to the Southeastern Conference championship were:
1st: Caledonia High School, Caledonia, Miss. – Parker Humble and Kody White, five bass, 13-1
2nd: Smithville High School, Smithville, Miss. – Brock Kennedy and Tyler Murray, four bass, 8-14
Rounding out the top 10 teams were:
3rd: St. Martin High School, Ocean Springs, Miss. – Paul Swan and Gaibe Bean, four bass, 8-9
4th: Amory High School South, Amory, Miss. – Trent Pace and Austin Rowell, four bass, 7-1
5th: West Point High School, West Point, Miss. – Jordan Camp and Chance Mathis, three bass, 6-3
6th: St. Martin High School, Ocean Springs, Miss. – Devin Milsted and Christopher Triplett, three bass, 5-11
7th: Hatley High School, Amory, Miss. – Logan Mitchel and Cameron Wright, two bass, 4-12
8th: Hatley High School, Amory, Miss. – Austin Ballard and Chase Sanders, two bass, 4-5
9th: Hatley High School, Amory, Miss. – James McCain and Britleigh Parish, two bass, 4-4
10th: Smithville High School, Smithville, Miss. – Landon McMellon and Peyton Collums, two bass, 3-15
The 2016 Mississippi State High School Fishing Championship was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12. The top 10 percent from each TBF/FLW state championship field will advance to a High School Fishing conference championship along with the top three teams from each of the seven TBF/FLW High School Fishing Opens held this season. The top 10 percent of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, coinciding with the TBF National Championship and an FLW Tour stop in the spring of 2017. 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 high school bass tournament, the 2016 High School Fishing World Finals. At the 2015 World Finals more than $20,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded. Visit HighSchoolFishing.org for details.
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 2016 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 235 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros.
About The Bass Federation
The Bass Federation Inc., (TBF) is a member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. TBF is owned by those we serve and dedicated to the sport of fishing. The Federation is the largest and oldest, organized grassroots fishing, youth and conservation organization there is. TBF, our affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 events each year and have provided a foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more than 45 years. TBF founded the Student Angler Federation and the National High School Fishing program in 2007 to promote clean family fun and education through fishing.