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Dover, Essick win Teen Anglers Championship

Posted by on June 20, 2016

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 Reeds Spring High School anglers Brittin Dover and Colton Essick won the 2016 Teen Anglers Championship at Table Rock Lake with 10 bass weighing 28.44 pounds.

Kimberling City, Mo.—Reeds Spring High School anglers Brittin Dover and Colton Essick served Table Rock Lake bass a steady diet of spoons and jigs to win the 2016 Teen Anglers Championship June 18-19.

 The Reeds Spring team caught a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 28.44 pounds to win the high school division of the championship and collect scholarship money totaling $2,500 ($1,250 for each angler). “We just used a lot of teamwork,” Essick said. “We knew where the fish were and we just put it on them.  

Dover said they developed their winning game plan during practice when they caught bass early on a 3/4-ounce flutter spoon and later in the day homemade peanut-butter and jelly color jigs (ranging in size from 1/4 to 3/4 of an ounce) tipped with green pumpkin Yamamoto Hula Grubs produced bigger fish.  “We have been fishing for a lot of weekends in a row, “said Essick of their prefishing for the championship.

The first competition day the Reeds Spring duo keyed on main lake docks and standing timber where they caught bass suspended 15 to 30 feet deep over depths of 19 to 50 feet.  Their five-fish limit weighing 15.47 pounds gave them the lead for the first day.

The next day they relied on the same pattern to catch their fish but the action was a little slower.  “We were spooning in the early morning and went about an hour without catching any off the docks,” Dover said.   “Then after that we were getting pretty scared but we kept throwing those spoons and hitting docks and then it started going good.”  In the next hour they completed a limit and then switched to the jigs to catch kicker fish to upgrade their limit.  Their strategy paid off again as they weighed in a 12.97-limit to clinch the championship.

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Hillcrest High School anglers Colton Stoker and Garrett Moeller and boat captain Rich Elbert show the crowd the limit of bass Stoker and Moeller caught on Day 2 to finish second in the 2016 Teen Anglers Championship at Table Rock Lake. 

A spoon pattern also worked for Hillcrest High School anglers Garrett Moeller and Colton Stoker who finished second with 10 bass weighing 25.70 pounds and earned $2,300 in scholarship money.   “Basically we were just throwing spoons on deep docks (30 to 60 feet) and we were catching the fish mostly in 15 to 20 feet deep,” said Stoker of their first-day strategy.   “We went out and threw a jig on a point and caught two small smallmouth but we gave it up.”  They decided to stick with their original game plan of throwing  Strike King Sexy Spoons along docks and finished the day with a 12.86-limit to move into third place.

The Hillcrest team went back to the spoon pattern the final day and had some early success. “We had two keepers the first dock we pulled up on in probably 10 casts,” said Moeller. “We also had our limit by about 8:30 or 9 o’clock. So it gave us confidence early in the day.”   They brought a 13.84-limit to the scales to move up to second place.

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 Kris Wagner and Austin Ely of Ozark High School took third place in the 2016 Teen Anglers Championship by catching 10 bass weighing 23.72 pounds. 

Ozark High School anglers Austin Ely and Kris Wagner also relied on Strike King spoons both days to take third place with 10 bass weighing 23.72.  “The spoon bite was a lot stronger (Saturday) morning,” Wagner said.  “We were just kind of jigging the spoon up and letting it fall around docks.  We would let the spoon fall to about 35 feet around standing timber and then just sweep it along the way.” They caught a limit weighing 11.91 to move into 10th place the first day.

Ely said they had a limit by about 9 o’clock the second day while working their spoons around docks and standing timber again. They finished the day with 11.81 pounds to jump into third place and collect $2,200 in scholarship money.

In the middle school competition, Sam Englemeyer of Logan-Rogersville was the winner of Day 1 with one bass weighing 4.78 pounds. Strafford’s Jacob Schofield won the Day 2 contest with two bass weighing 3.73 pounds.

The championship attracted 146 teams (292 high school and 40 middle school competitors) representing 57 schools.

For the full results of the championship, visit www.teenanglers.net.