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Fort Payne High School wins Alabama State High School Fishing Championship on Wheeler Lake

by: Mark Gintert, TBF Youth Director,

(May 18, 2016 - Decatur, AL)

 The Fort Payne High School duo of Brody and Grant Robison brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 13 pounds, 15 ounces, to win the 2016 TBF/FLW High School Fishing Alabama State Championship on Wheeler Lake. The win earned the team trophies, the title of state champions and advanced the team to the High School Fishing Southeastern Conference championship on Lake Cumberland in Somerset, Kentucky, on September 16-17.
Fifty-two teams competed in the event, which launched from Joe Wheeler State Park in Decatur.

The top two five on the Wheeler Lake that advanced to the Southeastern Conference championship were:
  1st:        Fort Payne High School, Fort Payne, Ala. – Brody Robison and Grant Robison, five bass, 13-15
  2nd:      Gardendale High School, Gardendale, Ala. – Laura Ann Foshee and Reid Conner, five bass, 13-0
  3rd:       Sylvania High School, Sylvania, Ala. – Kade Griffith and Will Batey, five bass, 10-10
  4th:       Mortimer Jordan High School, Kimberley, Ala. – Parker Davis and Aaron Stephens, five bass, 9-9
  5th:       East Limestone High School, Athens, Ala. – Tyler Wagnon and Delano Green, five bass, 9-1

Rounding out the top 10 teams were:
  6th:       Fairview High School, Cullman, Ala. – Eli Denney and Noah Garnett, five bass, 9-0
  7th:       Hartselle High School, Hartselle, Ala. – Ross Napier and Levi Lanier, five bass, 8-6
  8th:       Sipsey Valley High School, Buhl, Ala. – Grant Sanford and Landon Kornegay, five bass, 8-2
  9th:       Russellville High School, Russellville, Ala. – Shelton Byrd and Austin Nelson, five bass, 8-2
  10th:     Hartselle High School, Hartselle, Ala. – Jordan Thompson and Lucas Terry, five bass, 7-15

The 2016 Alabama 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.

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 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.

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 2007 to promote clean family fun and education through fishing.