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Dave Bruggman
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Edmonds, WA  98026

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W.S.B.F. Junior State Championship - April 29, 2012 - Lake Washington
2012 Division Awards 2012 Junior State Championship Participants 2012 Division Winners


First, a big thanks to all the kids and families who traveled to compete, also all the sponsors for their contributions for the event,  especially Spokane Valley Marine for stepping up to cover the travel for the winners and Keith Brooks and family who did a great job with weigh-in set up.

     We had a pretty even field, with seven eastsiders (509) and six westsiders (206), from Spokane to Camas they came and made adjustments and fished well after having the water beat up by the TBF qualifier the day before. These kids can fish. Here are the results: 

 

Age 11 - 14
 
Place

Angler

Big Fish

Weight

1 Trevor Huff 4.82 4.82
2 Kelsey Shaber 2.53 2.53
3 Mark Omlin 1.98 1.98
4 Max Hamack    

Trevor Huff had the big Fish of the Tournament
4.82 Pounds
 

Age 15 - 18
 
Place

Angler

Big Fish

Weight

1 Dakota Jones 3.09 8.85
2 Nik Autrey 2.90 8.06
3 David Slater   5.12
4 Michael LoFranco   3.15
5 Joe Choiniere 1.49 1.49
6 Craig Atkins    
6 Kody Brooks    
6 Nicholas Shaber    
6 Grant Green    
Trevor Huff - Age 11 - 14 Champion Dakota Jones - Age 15 - 18 Champion


Lake Washington surrounded by Seattle, Bellevue and Renton, with the Space Needle and the University of Washington Husky Stadium as a back drop, was the site of Washington’s 2012 Junior State Championship.

Dakota Jones, 15-18 year old champion of Mead Washington and the Inland Empire Junior Bass Club and Trevor Huff, 11-14 year old champion of Camano Island and the Washington Bass Association Junior bass club will represent Washington State Bass Federation and the Washington National Guard at this years National Guard Junior World Championship at Gainesville, Georgia. August 9-12, 2012.
Conditions were tough as the competitors took to the lake following a cooling period with overcast skies and water temperatures indicating pre-spawn conditions.
With thirteen competitors traveling from as far away as 300 miles from all parts of Washington. They came to win the State Championship. 

In the 15-18 year old division, Dakota Jones, Inland Empire junior club made the adjustment to down size his line and lures following the State Federation qualifier on the same body of water the day before.
Dakota weighed in four fish for 8.85 lbs by working a known bedding area, with poor visibility and pressure from other competitors. Dakota covered the area repeatedly waiting for the next wave of spawners to show up. It paid off, to overtake second place Nik Autrey by less than a pound.
A three time State Champion Nik Autrey was a close second with 8.05 lbs after working a number of methods to hook fish before finding fish with a lipless crank bait. Nik stuck with this pattern late in the day but fell just ounces short of another title.  
David Slater placed third with four fish at 5.12 lbs. by working docks adjacent to shallow bedding flats.

In the 11-14 year old division Trevor Huff, Washington Bass Association junior club worked a number of different methods before hooking his fish, a 4.82 small mouth with a jerk bait, which turned out to win his division and also be the big fish of the tournament. Kelsey Shaber worked a number of methods to put her in second place for the second year in a row, with Mark Omlin placing third while fishing a purple lizard.  
The Washington National Guard,KGM lures, Michael Greene Dry Creek custom baits, Berkeley lures, Yamamoto lures, Spokane Valley Marine and Chris Bedwell deserve a thank you for their contributions for the kids. 
A special thanks to Keith Brooks, Federation Tournament Director, his wife Rachel and son Kody for all their help.

Written by Dave Bruggman       
Youth Director.