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Updated: 06/10/2014 09:39:53AM

Highlander fishing team taking shape

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Bartow High School Principal Emilean Clemons models a Bartow Yellow Jackets fishing team uniform. Do you think we can get Donna Dunson out here next year in a Highlander uniform? We'd bet on it!

Members of the Bartow high school team will be back at Camp Mack later this month for the B.A.S.S. Nation Florida High School Championships.


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Back this week after a little computer problem left our news in dry dock last week, with continued news about high school fishing in our area this month, and even more locally, about putting together the Lake Wales Highlander fishing team.

First off, this Saturday, the Highlanders Class of 2015 will host a fundraiser at Camp Mack. For more information on this, contact

To get a taste of what all the excitement is about regarding our own fishing team here, check out the Florida B.A.S.S. Nation high school state championships on June 21 and 22 at Camp Mack. They are expecting as many as 50 boats. For information on the event, call Martin Bozeman 863-640-8349 or Jeff Brooks 561-271-0252.

There will be a high school division, and a junior division for students who are not yet in high school, and the top two finishers in the high school division will advance to the national high school championships!

Students are getting signed up and the Highlander bass team is being formed now. For information, call me at 863-605-2435.

Mike Campbell has been a big help with money and we have registered the Highlander Bass Team with B.A.S.S. high school Nation and this immediately gives us the benefits as we operate under the Lake Wales Charter Schools.

I want to say this as to the benefits of learning to fish and fellowship with other B.A.S.S. members.”If a kid learns to fish while he is young, he will be able to continue that until he is very old.” I am a living testament to that!

More benefits of B.A.S.S are: To protect and promote our bass fishing interests on the state and national level, and a subscription to “Bassmaster “ magazine.

We will be involved with developing more outdoor youth programs. We are legible to compete in state B.A.S.S. high school tournaments, the prestigious Bass Nation divisional tournament and the B.A.S.S high school national championship.

Our boat captains will have immediate liability coverage Each of our events will have $1,000,000 insurance coverage, $100,000 sexual misconduct, and $25,000 supplemental child recover.

Please get your kid signed up soon. I am only going to run 30 students so let’s get to it. That gives me the job of securing 15 boat captains, for the 2015 school year.

So far, I have one boat captain. He is Clay Snively and he is going to fish with Ross Bryan and his brother Ben Snively. Do the math. I need 14 boat captains for the 2015 school year, so if you are interested, please give these kids a chance, and call me.

I called Tony Bartels at last Monday afternoon to get the Xtreme Bass Sunday tournament results, and he was out of gas over at Brahma island.

I rushed to get gas and down to Camp Mack. On the way, I was stopped by the highway patrol for speeding and I called Tony and said, “I’m trying to get to you.” I did get to him and here are the tournament results. First place went to Scott Parry and Richard Anthony, with their five fish weighing 21.97 pounds. Runners up were Dave Howell and Bob Wojo (21.83), followed by Levi Brown and Garrett Rocomore (20.85) and John Myers III and Bill Rutkowski (20.22). Big bass honors went to Dave Howell’s 8.52 pound catch.

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