Fishing & Boating News


by: Drew Aspinwall, FLW Fishing

(Mar 13, 2018 - )

 The Bullard High School duo of Will Carlile and Zachary Hastings, both of Flint, Texas, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 12 pounds, 15 ounces to win the 2018 TBF/FLW High School Fishing Texas State Championship on Lake Palestine. 

A field of 31 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from Village Marina in Flint. 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 Lake Palestine that advanced to the 2018 High School Fishing National Championship were: 

  1st:     Bullard High School, Bullard, Texas – Will Carlile and Zachary Hastings, both of Flint, Texas, five bass, 12-15 

  2nd:    Marble Falls High School, Marble Falls, Texas – Craig Dodson and Kaleb Smith, both of Marble Falls, Texas, five bass, 12-12

  3rd:     Brock High School, Weatherford, Texas – Chance Burton and Tyler Bouyer, both of Weatherford, Texas, five bass, 11-3

Rounding out the top 10 teams were:

  4th:     Team Tightlines – Logan Drake, Belton, Texas, and Colton Zahn, Temple, Texas, five bass, 10-0

  5th:     Cedar Hill High School, Evans, Ga. – Hunter Benner and Brandon Benner, both of Cedar Hill, Texas, four bass, 9-10

  6th:     Kaufman High School, Kaufman, Texas – Gavin Thompson, Kemp, Texas, and Michael Andrus, Kaufman, Texas, four bass, 9-2

  7th:     Bullard High School, Bullard, Texas – Colby Fergeson Bullard, Texas, three bass, 6-13

  8th:     Atlanta High School, Atlanta, Texas – Dalton Johnson, Atlanta, Texas, and Nathan Johnson, Queen City, Texas, four bass, 6-9

  9th:     Jasper High School, Jasper, Texas. – Hunter Martindale and Kaleb Barnett, both of Jasper, Texas, two bass, 6-8

  10th:   Lake Travis Bass Club – Colton Etheridge and Titus Hall, both of Austin, Texas, three bass, 6-1

The 2018 TBF/FLW High School Fishing Texas 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 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 2018 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. At the 2017 World Finals more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded. 

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About FLW

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 2018 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct 286 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Portugal, and South Africa. 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.