Two teams from Minnesota, Illinois advance to high school bass fishing nationals
Get your five-bass limit and get to nationals.
That’s mostly how it worked out in the Costa Bassmaster High School Midwest Open presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, held Sunday on Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Mo.
With sketchy weather — from cold and rainy at daybreak, to muggy later in the afternoon — only seven of the 50 teams weighed five-bass limits. Five of those two-person teams finished among the top seven to advance to the Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship (June 22-24 at a yet-to-be-named location), with two teams each from Minnesota, Illinois and Kansas advancing.
Brian Linder and Nathan Thompson of Eagan (Minn.) High School weighed five fish and finished fourth with lucky 13s — a total of 13 pounds, 13 ounces. Nehemiah Glenn and Joseph Gorman of Lakeville (Minn.) High School also got their limit and finished sixth at 13-2.
Tyler Lubbat and Nolan Siara of Buffalo Grove (Ill.) High School placed third with a limit that totaled 14-1. Tyler Christy and Scott Springer, also of Illinois, rounded out the top seven at 12-9 to advance.
A pair of teams from Kickback High School in Kansas finished first and second in the open event that drew 66 teenage tandems from throughout the country.
Trevor Whisenant and Brett Lasley rallied to win with a total of 16-8, earning them a $1,000 prize for their school’s bass fishing team. On Sunday, they caught four of their five keepers in the closing minutes of the tournament, buoyed by Lasley’s 5-pound, 6-ouncer.
Though only high school freshman, Whisenant and Lasley each were presented a $10,000 four-year scholarship to McKendree University in Illinois, should they choose to compete for that school’s bass fishing team when they graduate from high school.
Zach Vielhauer and Remington Wagner of Kickback placed second with a limit that weighed 14-7.
Taylor Hamburger of the Northeastern Oklahoma High School Bass Club caught only one fish, but it was the big bass of the tournament at 6-2.
— bassmaster.com contributed to this report