2018 New York BASS Nation Youth Championships
Auburn, New York…..The 2018 NY BASS Nation Youth Championships were held on June 2nd and 3rd on Cayuga Lake. On Saturday, the Junior Division took to the water. Some wind but no rain made for a comfortable day. In the younger age division of 8 to 10 year olds, Maddison Skinner had 9 pounds, 8 ounces. Maddison was followed by Alex Giannotti 6-11, Christian Norris 5-14, and Jackson Masonis and Jaxson Jenkins.
In the older division of 11 to 14 year olds, defending champion Rein Golubjatnikov defended his title with 18 pounds 8 ounces. He was followed by Christian Misciagna 11-13, Caden Chartier 11-11, Aidan Mc Cormack 11-8, Matthew Pitcher 10-15 and Isaac Quonce 11-10. The rest of the field included James Wilson, Caden Mathews and Marcus Wilson.
These young anglers were competing for spots at the B.A.S.S. Junior Nationals in Paris, Tennessee the last week of July where they will be competing for scholarship money.
On Sunday, twenty eight teams of high school club anglers took to the water in dead calm conditions to qualify for the two spots at the B.A.S.S. High School National Championships on Kentucky Lake at Paris, Tennessee the last week in July. They will be competing for over $250,000 in scholarships, awards and merchandise.
By mid-morning, the wind picked up out of the South making some parts of the lake very difficult to fish. But the anglers made the most of the day to have some fantastic results. When all the score sheets were tallied, the team of Garrett Lawton and Brent Tyrell from the Oneida Lake High School Club with boat captain Mike Lawton came out on top with an impressive 22 pounds, 1 ounce five fish limit. In second place was Aiden Caroccio and Nicholas Gray also from the Oneida Lake club with boat captain Chuck Rowlee had 20 pounds 14 ounces. These four young men will represent New York BASS Nation at the 2018 National Championships. In runner up positions for third place was the team of Rein Golubjatnikov and Bernie Haims from Pittsford High School Club with 19 pounds 14 ounces including big fish for the weekend of a 6 pound 9 ounce largemouth bass. In fourth place was the team of Adam Johnston and Collin Foley from the Fairport High School Fishing Club with 18 pounds 9 ounces.
Every team came in with score-able fish. They met at Bass Pro Shops in Auburn where they were treated to hots and sodas and had the awards presented. They also seemed to be shopping too!! These events are catch, weigh and release events similar in format to the televised MLF fishing competitions. Each team has an adult marshall to take them out, make sure they follow the rules, and stay safe. For the full results and for more information about forming a high school club at your school go to www.nybassfed.com Youth drop down.
NY High School Contenders
Junior younger division winners
Junior older division winners
High School Champions
High School Runner up