(Jun 12, 2017 - Monroe, MI)
The Roosevelt High School duo of Nicolas Biundo and Joey Deichelbohrer, both of Wyandotte, Michigan, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 2 ounces to win the 2017 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Michigan Open tournament on the River Raisin. The win advanced the team to the 2017 High School Fishing National championship, held June 27-July 1 at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama.
According to post-tournament reports, the Roosevelt High duo caught their fish using a Ned rig in 13 feet of water.
A field of 32 teams competed in the no-entry fee, tournament which launched from Hellenberg Park in Monroe. In FLW/TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.
The top three teams on the River Raisin that advanced to the 2017 High School Fishing National Championship was:
1st: Roosevelt High School, Wyandotte, Mich. – Nicolas Biundo and Joey Deichelbohrer, both of Wyandotte, Mich., five bass, 15-2
2nd: Hartland High School, Hartland, Mich. – Zach Manneback, Howell, Mich., and Gunner Wilson, Fenton, Mich., five bass, 14-15
3rd: Lumen Christi Catholic High School, Jackson, Mich. – Robert Lefere, Jackson, Mich., and Barry Kennedy, Clark Lake, Mich., five bass, 13-15
Rounding out the top 10 teams were:
4th: Coloma High School, Coloma, Mich. – Ryley Watson and Matthew Davis, both of Coloma, Mich., five bass, 13-13
5th: Blissfield High School, Blissfield, Mich. – Olivia Sheely, Brooklyn, Mich., and Garrett Brenke, Riga, Mich., five bass, 11-10
6th: Fenton High School, Fenton, Mich. – Peyton Stapp, Linden, Mich., and Beau Turnblom, Fenton, Mich., five bass, 11-7
7th: Fenton High School, Fenton, Mich. – Brennan Schroder and Kayden Van Houten, both of Fenton, Mich., five bass, 11-6
8th: Roosevelt High School, Wyandotte, Mich. – Michael Burns and Brandon Fraser, both of Wyandotte, Mich., five bass, 10-14
9th: Lumen Christi Catholic High School, Jackson, Mich – Branden Barton, Clark Lake, Mich., and Connor Girard, Jackson, Mich., four bass, 10-14
10th: Blissfield High School, Blissfield, Mich. – Chase Collyer, Riga, Mich., and Gabe Wheeler, Blissfield, Mich., five bass, 10-10
The 2017 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Michigan Open 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 United States. 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.