Top Secret pro staff member Ryan German and Tony Niemeyer took third place with a total of 8.33 pounds. Greg Graham’s team took fourth with 7.62 pounds and the team of Dylan Faulconer and Allen Miller, also Top Secret pro staffers, followed right behind at 7.19 pounds for fifth place.
A total of 75 fish averaging .90 pounds were weighed at the tournament.
Proceeds from the tournament will go toward Fishing’s Future.
HEINEN, BILA COMPETE IN NATIONALS
Hayden’s Thomas Heinen and teammate Brock Bila fought through tough conditions through three days of fishing but were unable to make Saturday’s final round at the SAF/FLW High School National Championship on Lake Pickwick in Alabama.
Heinen and Bila sat in 137th place after two days of fishing with four bass totaling 7 pounds, 12 ounces.
“Conditions were tough for some,” Heinen said. “We caught fish consistently every day, just finding the size was the hardest part. We searched for a solid three days and we would stumble across something, but not enough. It was just a very hot weekend.”
The event marked Heinen’s final event of his high school career. He plans to fish collegiately next school year at Washburn.
“What an amazing experience it has been,” Heinen said. “I really appreciate all the support I have had through the years and hope to make a splash in the college series. I’d like to thank my boat captain, Larry Brumley, for being our boat captain throughout my high school career. Without him, I wouldn’t be the angler I am today.”
Kyler Mckie and Chad Champy, of North Augusta, won the national championship after posting a three-day total of 57 pounds, 10 ounces. The victory earned the pair $5,000 in scholarships apiece. They were followed by Hunter Redman and Avery Brown, of George Rogers Clark Cardinal, with 57-06 and Colby Chapman and Will Smith, of Gordon Lee, with 53-01. The top 10 finishers from Friday, as well as top finishers from the other rounds, competed Saturday in the World Finals that coincided with the national championship.
MULTISPECIES TOURNEY ON TAP
The American Cancer Society Multispecies Fishing Tournament is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 11 at El Dorado Lake.
Launch and weigh-in will be at Bluestem Boat Ramp No. 2. Check-in begins at 6 a.m., and an auction will follow the tournament.
For more information, go to https://tinyurl.com/ydf3dcp2/.