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Salina Students Win State Fishing Title

KSAL Staff - June 2, 2015 10:09 am

Nickolas Davenport and Hunter Baird brought three bass to the scale weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the 2015 Kansas State High School Fishing Championship on Milford Lake.

Nickolas Davenport and Hunter Baird brought three bass to the scale weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the 2015 Kansas State High School Fishing Championship on Milford Lake.

A pair of students from Salina have won the Kansas State High School Fishing Championship.

According to the High School Fishing Student Angler Federation, the Salina high school duo of Nickolas Davenport and Hunter Baird brought three bass to the scale Sunday weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the 2015 Kansas State High School Fishing Championship on Milford Lake. The win earned the team the title of state champions and qualified the team to compete in the High School Fishing Southern Conference championship on the Arkansas River in October.

Davenport and Baird said that the key to their win was down-sizing their baits to drop-shot rigs when many competitors stuck to larger topwater baits, jigs and crankbaits.

The top team on Milford Lake that advanced to the Southern Conference Championship was:

1st: Salina Stix – Nickolas Davenport and Hunter Baird, three bass, 6-7

Rounding out the top five teams were:

2nd: Kansas Student Angler Federation – Zach Vielhauer and Nathaniel Thompson, two bass, 4-6
3rd: Hayden High School – Thomas Heinen and Brock Bila, two bass, 4-1
4th: Kansas Student Angler Federation – Cameron Pappan and Jesse Heflin, two bass, 4-0
5th: Goddard High School – Brock Miller and Dakota Driskill, two bass, 3-12

Complete results and a photo gallery can be found at HighSchoolFishing.org.

The 2015 Kansas State High School Fishing Championship 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 2016. 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 2015 High School Fishing World Finals, held on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama, on July 8-11. At the 2014 World Finals more than $40,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded. Visit HighSchoolFishing.org for details.

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