The team of Nick Marsh of Commerce Township, Michigan and Kyle Boe, from Lake Orion, Mich., dominated the field recently with five bass weighing 10 pounds, 14 ounces to take the top honors at The Bass Federation (TBF) 2013 High School Fishing National Championship on Beaver Lake in Rogers Arkansas.
For their efforts, the team won a $10,000 scholarship ($5,000 to each team member).
Overall by the competition there were 23 bass weighing 43 pounds, 14 ounces, with three five-bass limits caught by the five teams.
Each FLW/TBF Federation High School Fishing team competes in their state championship event in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top team from each state championship qualifies for one of five conference championships. The winning team from each conference championship advances to the national championship, held in conjunction with the FLW College Fishing National Championship.
With a five-bass catch weighing in at 15 pounds, 1 ounce, the Michigan Student Angler Federation (SAF) took home top honors at the TBF/FLW High School Fishing Central Conference Championship on Carlyle Lake.
Marsh and Boe previously won The FLW High School Central Conference Championship back and the Michigan State Championships to qualify to compete in the National Tournament.
Kyle Boe has been fishing “for fun” since he was for or five years old. After injuries to his knees sidelined his blossoming soccer aspirations Boe turned to bass fishing for an outlet. “With fishing I can enjoy the day the way I want to and get away from the human problems and all the (trouble) that we create.” It’s almost like my church, I guess.” Boe smiled.
Boe is currently enrolled in college and will use his $5,000 scholarship to continue his education. This very intelligent and well-mannered young man will also continue his dream of becoming a professional angler and hopes to open a fishing business in the future.
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