BROOKELAND, Texas (Nov. 16, 2020) – Louisiana’s Ruston High School duo of Garrett Pody and Zachary McMillan brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 16 pounds, 1 ounce to win the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Sam Rayburn Open in Brookeland, Texas.
For their win on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir, the team now advances to the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship.
The top three teams that qualified for the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship are:
1st: Ruston High School, Ruston, La. – Garrett Pody and Zachary McMillan, five bass, 16-1
2nd: Splendora High School, Splendora, Texas – Kendale Pagan and Connor Canada, five bass, 15-9
3rd: Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School, Orange, Texas – Brandon Brones and Dakota Posey, five bass, 13-1
Rounding out the top 10 were:
4th: West Monroe High School, West Monroe, La. – Mack Green and Bradley Newcomb, five bass, 12-13
5th: Conroe High School, Conroe, Texas – Tyler Kitkoski and Cade Lipham, five bass, 12-12
6th: Elizabeth High School, Elizabeth, La. – Gage Shepherd and Ty Haymon, five bass, 11-13
7th: Livingston High School, Livingston, Texas – Kaden Mueck and Breckett Long, five bass, 11-4
8th: Haughton Fishing Team, Haughton, La. – Jase White and Cole Golden, five bass, 11-3
9th: Ruston High School, Ruston, La. – Julianna McMillan and John Randall Stansbury, five bass, 10-14
10th: Nederland High School, Nederland, Texas – Zachary Garsea and Logan Williams, five bass, 10-7
Complete results from the event can be found at FLWFishing.com.
The event launched from the Umphrey Family Pavilion in Brookeland, Texas, and was hosted by the Jasper County Development District.
The FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Sam Rayburn Open in Brookeland, Texas, was a free, two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12 and open to any FLW and Student Angler Federation-affiliated high school club. The top 10 percent of teams at each Open event along with the TBF High School Fishing state championships will advance to the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship. 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 open high school bass tournament, the 2021 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. More than $2.8 million in scholarships and prizes were offered at the 2020 World Finals.
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