Pavelka, Rowland Win State High School Fishing Title

LINCOLN – Grant Pavelka and Tyler Rowland of the North Platte Bass Bosses caught a five-fish limit weighing 9.86 pounds to capture the Nebraska SAF High School Fishing Championship on July 25 at Lewis and Clark Lake near Crofton.

DSCN1407-1045x784The winning team’s largest bass weighed 2.35 pounds. Ben Pavelka was the team’s coach and boat operator.

Rees Cudaback and Eli Leggett of the Millard North Mustangs took second place with three fishing weighing 5.84 pounds. Zane Leibhart and Brent Bergman of Lincoln County Bass Bosses caught three fish weighing 4.86 pounds for third place.

The Millard North team of Caleb Hoover and Grant Young caught the tournament’s biggest bass at 2.49 pounds.

This fifth annual event was held at Lewis and Clark Lake State Recreation Area’s Weigand Marina. Twelve teams competed. Each team could weigh in a maximum of five largemouth bass, with a minimum length limit of 12 inches.

The winning team will represent Nebraska at the Southern Conference Regional tournament on Oct. 17. The event will take place on the Arkansas River at Pine Bluff, Ark., where they will compete against teams from Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Anglers at this tournament will attempt to qualify for the TBF/FLW High School National Championship next spring and a $10,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.