COUNCE, Tenn. – The Mount Juliet High School team of Lainie Holbert of Decaturville, Tennessee, and Presley Lannom of Lebanon, Tennessee, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 12 pounds, 14 ounces, to win the MLF High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing Open on Pickwick Lake.
A field of 57 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from Pickwick Landing State Park in Counce, Tennessee. In MLF and The Bass Federation (TBF) High School Fishing competition, the top 10% of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.
The top five teams that advance to the 2023 High School Fishing National Championship are:
1st: Mount Juliet High School, Mount Juliet, Tenn. – Lainie Holbert and Presley Lannom, five bass, 12-14
2nd: Obion County Central High School, Troy, Tenn. – Evan McCloud and Jayden Robbins, five bass, 12-1
3rd: Alcoa High School, Alcoa, Tenn. – Jackie Robert Hatfield and Annie Lassiter, three bass, 8-4
4th: West Tennessee Student Bass Trail – Jack Houston and Jaxon Sherfield, three bass, 8-1
5th: Obion County Central High School, Troy, Tenn. – Harrison Carson and Jon Paul McTurner, three bass, 6-4
Rounding out the top 10 teams were:
6th: North Paulding High School Bass Team, Dallas, Ga. – Caden O’Neal and Matthew Wright, two bass, 5-14
7th: West Tennessee Student Bass Trail – Luke Hearington and Christopher Miller, three bass, 5-11
8th: McCracken County High School, Paducah, Ky. – Emily Carter and Syrus Stewart, two bass, 5-3
9th: West Tennessee Student Bass Trail – Harrison Overman and Hunter Sims, two bass, 4-2
10th: Creek Wood High School, Charlotte, Tenn. – Logan Allen and Stone Grove, two bass, 3-15
Complete results from the event can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
The MLF High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing Open on Pickwick Lake was hosted by the Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The next event for High School Fishing anglers will be the MLF High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing Open on Lake of the Pines, Nov. 11 in Jefferson, Texas.
MLF High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing tournaments are free, two-person (team) events for students in grades 7-12 and are open to any MLF and TBF Student Angler Federation-affiliated high school club. The top 10 percent of teams at each Open event, along with the TBF High School Fishing state championships, will advance to the 2023 High School Fishing National Championship. The 2023 MLF High School Fishing National Championship will be held on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin, June 20-24, and is hosted by Explore La Crosse.
The High School Fishing National Champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice and advance to the 2023 MLF Toyota Series Championship to compete as co-anglers.
Proud sponsors of MLF High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X and YETI.
For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com.