(Jun 8, 2016 - PUEBLO, CO.)
The Fountain Valley Junior Bass Club duo of Jordan Evans and Robbie Gonzales, both of Colorado Springs, Colorado, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 10.76 pounds to win the 2016 TBF/FLW High School Fishing Colorado State Championship on the Pueblo Reservoir. The win earned the team trophies, the title of state champions and advanced the team to the High School Fishing Western Conference championship on Lake Havasu in Havasu City, Arizona, on Oct. 14-15.
Thirteen high-school teams competed in the event, which launched from South Shore Marina in Pueblo.
The top team on the Pueblo Reservoir that advanced to the Western Conference championship were:
1st: Fountain Valley Junior Bass Club – Jordan Evans and Robbie Gonzales, both of Colorado Springs, Colo., five bass, 10.76
Rounding out the top five teams were:
2nd: Olathe High School, Olathe, Colo. – Dexter Flick and Ryan Smith, five bass, 10.67
3rd: Salida High School, Salida, Colo. – Morgan Fitzgerald and Kade Sites, five bass, 10.21
4th: Rampart High School, Colorado Springs, Colo. – Shain Pierce and Michael Warner, five bass, 10.13
5th: Pueblo West High School, Pueblo, Colo. – Daniel Claspell and Daniel Usry, five bass, 10.07
The 2016 Colorado 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.