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Harris, Beeson win Teen Anglers finale at Stockton

Posted by on May 23, 2016

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Glendale High School juniors Wade Beeson and Grant Harris won the Teen Anglers bass circuit’s season finale at Stockton Lake with a 14.16-pound limit. 

Stockton, Mo.—The last cast of the day made winners of Glendale High School juniors Grant Harris and Wade Beeson in the Teen Anglers bass tournament season finale May 22 at Stockton Lake. 

Harris and Beeson topped the field of 166 boats with a five-fish limit weighing 14.16 pounds, which included the big bass of the tournament at 6.40 pounds.  The heavyweight largemouth was caught on Harris’ last cast of the day at about 2:30 p.m. 

Flipping a Texas-rigged green pumpkin 4-inch finesse worm with a 5/16-ounce weight to shallow brush (1 to 2 feet deep) produced several of the Glendale anglers’ keepers, including the 6-pounder.  “We had about 10 or 11 keepers and culled a couple of times,” Harris said.  “We focused on the riprap that covers most of Stockton’s banks and looked for the odd pieces out.  So if we found there was a bigger tree or something bigger in circumference in the area we would flip to that most of the time. Then we would just keep moving and find the focal points where those fish were probably going to stage up.”

Beeson caught his fish on a 1/4-ounce shaky head with a green pumpkin 4-inch finesse worm that he hopped around brush. “I actually caught a lot of fish earlier in the day on the shaky head and a few later,” he said.

The Glendale pair practiced on Stockton the day before the tournament and caught fish on Zara Spooks, wacky rigs and Ned Rigs in addition to the Texas-rigged and shaky head finesse worm.  However, brighter skies and more wind caused them to resort to the flipping pattern on competition day, according to Beeson.

TAStockton_2nd-News.jpgThe Cassville High School team of Devin Phelps and Carter Fletcher finished second at the Teen Anglers bass tournament on Stockton Lake. 

Second-place finishers Devin Phelps and Carter Fletcher from Cassville High School relied on 3/8-ounce wobble head jigs with Strike King Rage Craws and 1/8-ounce shaky heads with finesse worms to catch a 13.58-pound limit.  They keyed on secondary points with chunk rock.    “We were sitting in about 15 feet and catching the fish about 5 to 10 feet,” said Phelps, a junior who fished the Teen Anglers circuit last year.

The Cassville anglers practiced the previous day, but the action was slow, according to Fletcher.  “I didn’t have many keepers,” the freshman angler said.

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Ozark High School freshmen Jack McCurdy and Tanner Lambeth placed third in the Teen Anglers bass tournament at Stockton Lake.

Ozark High School freshmen Tanner Lambert and Jack McCurdy flipped 1/2-ounce black-and-blue jigs with black-and-blue Strike King Rage Chunks to catch an 11.28-pound limit and take third place. They targeted willow trees about 1 to 2 feet deep along flats in the backs of coves. 

Since the fish were in the post spawn stage, the Ozark anglers had to coax the inactive fish into biting. “We had to work (the jigs) a little bit in the cover,” McCurdy said.

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Logan-Rogersville anglers swept the top three spots in the middle school division of the tournament. Kendall Meadors won with a two-fish limit weighing 4.61 pounds, followed by Andrew Sell, two fish, 4.24 pounds; and Gage Meadors, two fish, 3.86 pounds.

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The Ozark High School brother-and-sister team of Keeley and Dalton Combs won the Anglers of the Year title of the Teen Anglers bass tournament circuit. 

The tournament drew 321 high school anglers and 28 middle school competitors from 54 schools. The season finale also determined the circuit’s Anglers of the Year race which was won by the Ozark High brother-and-sister team of Dalton and Keeley Combs.

The Teen Anglers 2016 Championship will be held June 18-19 at Table Rock Lake. For more details on the Teen Anglers circuit, visit www.teenanglers.net or e-mail [email protected]  .