May 5, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - The North Forsyth High School team of Cole Cloud and Ronnie Warsop brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 13 ounces to win the 2014 Georgia State High School Fishing Championship on Lake Lanier. The win earned the team the title of state champions and advanced the team to a future High School Fishing conference championship.
"We used a jerkbait early in the morning to get things started, then switched to a Carolina rig to try and catch some bigger fish later in the day," Warsop said. "We ended up culling four different times, but we still weren't sure if we had enough weight to win."
"We figured that we had around 15 pounds, but we didn't know if that was going to be good enough," Cloud added. "We are very excited to be moving on to the conference championship."
The top five teams on Lake Lanier that will advance to the conference championship are:
1st: North Forsyth High School - Cole Cloud and Ronnie Warsop, five bass, 17-13
2nd: Dawson County High School - Tristan Melton and Cameron Hudson, five bass, 16-3
3rd: West Forsyth High School - Matthew Jones and Eli Huggins, five bass, 15-11
4th: Georgia Student Angler Federation - Branson Marks and Luke Slaton, five bass, 14-7
5th: Mill Creek High School - Noah Pescitelli and Westin Sachs, five bass, 13-5
Complete results can be found at HighSchoolFishing.org.
Cloud and Warsop also won the Lew's Big Bass Award and a pair of brand new Lew's Reels with a bass weighing 4 pounds, 11 ounces.
The 2014 Georgia State High School Fishing Championship was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 9-12. The top 10 percent from each TBF/FLW state championship field will advance to a High School Fishing conference championship along with the top 3 teams from each of the six 2014 High School Fishing Opens that coincide with the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour. 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 2015. 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 SAF members nationwide automatically qualify for the world's largest high school bass tournament, the 2014 High School Fishing World Finals, held on Lake Dardanelle in Russelville, Ark., on July 15-19. At the 2013 World Finals more than $40,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded. Visit HighSchoolFishing.org for details.
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