Nik Autrey & Max Hamack
Our 2011 WSBF Junior State Champions!
Nik Autrey is a three time Junior Bass Champion in as many years, Max Hamack won his first Junior Bass Championship by an almost eight pound margin over second place on Lake Roosevelt. Both will be headed to Arkansas to compete in the National Guard Junior World Championship on Lake DeGrays.
Arkadelphia, Arkansas and Lake DeGrays is a long way from the Pacific Northwest in more than just distance. The weather was 101 degrees with 98 percent humidity, clear skies, and sun all day. Water temperature was in the 90-degree mark were the conditions that day one presented as 42 boats and 84 competitors took to the water.
Lake DeGrays is a highland impoundment with fairly clear water and rocky shoreline, similar to some of our lakes with earth dams and spillways except for standing timber in some of the flooded areas and hundreds of brush piles throughout the lake placed by fishermen. Spots and largemouth are predominating, schooling on top early then going deep to the brush mid day.
On the first day all the state winners get to fish for their divisional championship, with those winners moving on to fish for the Junior World Championship on the second day.
Both Nik and Max had a descent day on the water with top water and drop shot the go to bait, but not good enough to move on to day two finals. So they spent the day at the convention center with all the proís that didnít make the final day of the Forest Wood Cup. All the youth got to cross the stage at the Forest Wood Cup and announce who they were and from what state.
Nik entered the open division-casting contest that was held over the four-day tournament for everybody. It came down to a sudden death cast off where Nik out cast everyone even the proís except for two by a huge margin. That boy can cast.
It was an exceptional experience that could only have happened due to the help of all the federation club who help make it possible.
WSBF Youth Director