Moses Lake Washington
was the site of the second annual TBF/FLW High School Bass Team
Championship. Seven high schools from around the state had
teams competing to win the title; Spokane area had three teams
show up. Mt Spokane Wildcats, Central Valley Bears, University
Moses Lake had two teams
representing the Moses Lake high school Chiefs, and teams as far
away as Long View Washington, R.A. Long High School Lumberjacks
and Tumwater high school Thunderbirds had teams ready to pit
their skills against all comers to try and bring in the heaviest
bag of fish to the scales.
The weather had
cooperated and been stable for about a week with exceptionally
hot sunny clear days to push small mouth bass onto spawning beds
with a number of large mouth pushed up fanning beds or locked on
in some areas of the lake. The lake temperature was in the mid
to high sixties with little or no wind through out the day, and
made for great fishing conditions.
teams brought fish to the scale with, Moses Lake Chiefs team of
Harris Turner and Dustin Caldwell managing to cull their way to
the top of the group with a mixed bag of small mouth and large
mouth to top the scale at 20.80 lbs for first place. Local lake
knowledge was sure to have helped find the right fish to win.
Second place went to Spokane’s University High School Titans
team of Joe Choiniere and Nathan Portch who weighed in 19.38 lbs
with a challenge for second from Mt Spokane High Wildcats Dakota
Jones and Logan Meredith who placed third with 19.16 lbs.
place went to the Tumwater Thunderbird team of Carl Jackson and
Brodie Trapp of Selah who weighed in 18.20 lbs, fifth place went
to a Central Valley brother sister team from Spokane, Nicholas
Shaber who is this years Junior State Champion and also weighed
big fish of the tournament, a 5.36 lb large mouth bass, and
sister Kelsey who finished fifth at the junior tournament. They
weighed in 15.52 lbs.
went to R.A. Long High School Lumberjacks Cully Scroggins &
Andre Davies who weighed in 9.77 lbs, with Seventh place taken
by another Moses Lake Chief team of Mason Mathews & Shawn Juhl
who weighed in 6.87 lbs competing in their first tournament.
team will move on the Western Conference Championship held this
fall in conjunction with the Collegiate Western conference
championship against six other State champions. Winners of the
conference will move on to the High School National Championship
in conjunction with the Collegiate National Championship with an
opportunity to win $10,000 in scholarship funds.
Thanks go out to Cascade Marine, Tom & Roxanne Tweed, Pot
Holes bass club, sponsors, Three Rivers marine, Interstate
Batteries, Cabela’s, Big Hawg Baits, Spokane Valley Marine and
all the team boat captains Bruce Mathews, David Slater, Dan
Keele, Craig Shaber, Jeff Jackson, Jarris Turner, Randy (Zip)
Decker. Additional information can be found at (www.highschoolfishing.org)
or Washington State Bass Federation website (www.wabass.org)
in the youth section.
STATE CHAMPIONS FINISH 5TH
Dustin Caldwell & Harris Turner 2013
Washington State high school team champions, from Moses Lake
High School finished in 5th place at the Western
Conference Championship held at Clear Lake California October 13th.
Six western state high school teams competed for a chance to go
to the national championship to be held this spring. Arizona
took top honors with a heavy one-day weight of 23 lbs 11oz.
Harris Turner said they were in the right place with a number of
the teams that finished at the top. And said they were fishing
the right baits that won the tournament, but just couldn’t get
the bigger fish to bite. Water temperature was in the mid 60s
with fish relating to ledges close to deeper water in 9-12
feet. They also worked rock piles that are prevalent throughout
The weather was ideal for the fall, and even though they didn’t
finish on top, Dustin did catch a nice large mouth close to six
pounds that was his personal best. Article and results along
with weigh in video can be seen on the high school national web
Great job to both Dustin and Harris for their efforts and
fishing abilities to do so well and represent the Bass
Federation and Washington State.
Next years State high school team
championship will be in May on Moses Lake again. So get your
team together and check our federation web site for updated
information. (wabass.org) (Youth section)