2014 Junior State
Sammamish was the site for the
annual junior state championship.
A big thanks goes out to the boaters
who stepped up, gave up a day to
make the youth event a big success.
Brandon Huff, Jeff Jackson, Gary
Scroggins, President Russ Baker, and
Vice President/ Tournament Director
Keith Brooks who is always giving
his time and help as weigh master to
make things run smooth.
The weather was a mixed
bag with rainsqualls and wind
throughout the day and sun breaks in
between fronts. Lake
temperatures indicated the fish were
moving shallow for the spawn but
were not on beds yet.
Nathan Portch of Spokane
was this year’s 15-18 year old age
group winner, bringing in a five
fish limit of largemouth with a
kicker fish of 5.31 lbs that was big
fish of the tournament.
A total weight of 15.02 lbs for
first place. Cully Scroggins
of Longview, Washington seemed to
have the best bag of fish with his
four fish limit of 10.25 lbs and a
big fish of 5.21 lbs until Nathan
made his way to the scale.
Followed by third place winner
Austin Zetty of Duvall with five
fish and a total weight of 9.45 lbs.
Nathan and Austin Zetty
who fished from the same boat
started their day off working
spinner baits over the shallow pads
and wood, both hooked nice fish
early and with that success
continued with that pattern most of
the day. Both battled back and forth
to bring in five fish each with
Nathan topping the scale at the end
of the day to win.
In the 11-14 year old age
group we started off with just two
competitors, they battled back and
forth all day, each bringing in two
fish to the scales.
Both had lots of bites with Carson
catching a variety of fish, a carp,
a perch and small mouth while
fishing a hulla grub around docks
most of the day, each brought two
small mouth to the scales.
With ounces separating the
winner Carson Yancey of Kent came
out on top with a total weight of
3.61 lbs, Trevor Huff was a close
second with a total weight of 3.55
Both will be headed to
North Carolina this August to
represent Washington State Bass
Federation in the Junior World
Championships, good luck.