COLUMBUS – The Graham High School duo of cousins Rocky and Tanner Jordan brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday, May 7, weighing 11 pounds, 13 ounces, to win the 2016 TBF/FLW High School Fishing Ohio State Championship on Alum Creek Reservoir. The win earned the team trophies and the title of state champions and advanced the team to the High School Fishing Central Conference championship on the Ohio River in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, on Sept. 23-24.
“We used black and blue jigs most of the day, concentrating on timber in the back of creeks and bays,” said Rocky Jordan, a sophomore at Graham High School.
“It was a slow grind and we caught just about one fish every hour, which enabled us to cull a few times,” added Tanner Jordan, a freshman.
Nineteen teams competed in the event, which launched from Alum Creek State Park in Columbus.
Complete results and photos are at HighSchoolFishing.org.
The event was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12. The top 10 percent from each TBF/FLW state championship field will advance to a High School Fishing conference championship along with the top three teams from each of the seven TBF/FLW High School Fishing Opens held this season. The top 10 percent of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, coinciding with the TBF National Championship and an FLW Tour stop in the spring of 2017. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.
In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest high school bass tournament, the 2016 High School Fishing World Finals. At the 2015 World Finals more than $20,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded. Visit HighSchoolFishing.org for details.
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2016 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 235 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico and South Korea.
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Submitted by FLW.