(May 9, 2017 - GALENA, Ohio)
The Graham High School duo of Rocky Jordan of Urbana, Ohio, and Tanner Jordan of Saint Paris, Ohio, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 11 pounds, 5 ounces, to win the 2017 TBF High School Fishing Ohio State Championship tournament on Alum Creek in Galena, Ohio. The win advanced the team to the 2017 High School Fishing National championship, held June 27-July 1 at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama.
A field of 64 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from Alum Creek State Park in Galena. In FLW/TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.
The top six teams on Alum Creek that advanced to the 2017 High School Fishing National Championship were:
1st: Graham High School – Rocky Jordan, Urbana, Ohio, and Tanner Jordan, St. Paris, Ohio, (five bass, 11-5)
2nd: Oak Hill High School – Jalea Caldwell and Collin Hammond, both of Oak Hill, Ohio, (five bass, 11-1)
3rd: Cincinnati Area Student Angler Federation – Alex Redwine, Cincinnati, Ohio and Daniel Hechler, Franklin, Ohio, (five bass, 9-12)
4th: S.S. Minnows High School Bass Club – Cameron Smith, Columbus, Ohio, and Jacob Blackburn, Ashville, Ohio, (five bass, 9-3)
5th: Ohio Student Angler Federation – Kody Whitaker, Brimfield, Ohio, and Abagail Shade, Carlisle, Ohio, (five bass, 7-10)
6th: Troy High School – Shane Smith and Isaac Jeffers, both of Troy, Ohio, (five bass, 7-3)
Rounding out the top 10 teams were:
7th: Ohio Student Angler Federation – Chase Fernandez and Alex Batson, both of West Chester, Ohio, (five bass, 7-1)
8th: Hartley’s Hawgs Bass Fishing Club – Colten Didion and John Hutson, both of Westerville, Ohio, (five bass, 6-15)
9th: Claymont High School – Chandler Golec, Uhrichsville, Ohio, and Kole Aubiel, Dennison, Ohio, (five bass, 6-8)
10th: Gallia Academy High School – Dalton Rose, Gallipolis, Ohio, and Jason Stroud, Bidwell, Ohio, (three bass, 5-9)
Photos from the event can be found at the TBF High School Fishing Facebook page at Facebook.com/hsfishing.
The 2017 TBF High School Fishing Ohio State Championship 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 state of Ohio. The top 10 percent of each Challenge, Open, and state championship field will advance to the High School Fishing National Championship. 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 2017 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. At the 2016 World Finals more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.
Full schedules and the latest announcements are available at HighSchoolFishing.org and FLWFishing.com.
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 2017 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 274 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa 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 2008 to promote clean family fun and education through fishing.