WSBF Youth Director:
19008 78th Place West
Edmonds, WA 98026
W.S.B.F. Junior Angler Page
2014 WSBF Youth Schedule
| May 3
Junior State Championship on Moses Lake
| May 10th
High School Open on Moses Lake
| May 17th
High School State Team Championship
on Lake Chelan
| June 14th
High School Open on Riffe Lake
Pasco youth headed to Bass
Fishing’s Junior World Championship.
Blake Williams of Pasco, a seventh
grader who attends McLaughlin Middle School finished his
day at Washington’s Junior Bass fishing Championship on
Moses Lake this last week end. Blake led by two pounds
over his nearest competitor, to win the opportunity to
attend the Junior World Bass Fishing Championship this
August to be held in Florence Alabama on Lake
Lake conditions had changed due to
a cold front that pushed through, over cast skies most
of the day had conditions set up for a good top water
bite that Blake took advantage of early. Producing most
of his bigger fish with a Zara spook before slowing down
to fish with a tube in deeper water as the bite slowed
later in the day. Blake finished the day with 12.30lbs
of small mouth and big fish of the day with a 3.25lb
small mouth bass.
Over 40 junior state anglers will
compete to win $5000 in scholarship funds and the title
of junior world bass fishing champion. Blake also
finished fourth the following day in a High school bass
fishing team challenge where sixteen high school bass
teams from all over the state competed for a future High
school state bass team championship to be held on Lake
Chelan in June.
Blake is hoping he wins the high
school team championship to be able to move on the
Western divisional championship to be held this October
at Lake Havasu Arizona and the High school team national
champions to compete for additional scholarship funds.
Youth and high school teams
interested in competing or learning more about
Washington Student Angler Federation and the Washington
State Bass Federation and its programs at (www.wabass.org)
First, a big thanks to all the kids and
families who traveled to compete, also all
the sponsors for their contributions for the
event, especially Spokane Valley Marine for
stepping up to cover the travel for the
winners and Keith Brooks and family who did
a great job with weigh-in set up.
We had a pretty even field, with seven
eastsiders (509) and six westsiders (206),
from Spokane to Camas they came and made
adjustments and fished well after having the
water beat up by the TBF qualifier the
day before. These kids can fish. Here are
Age 11 - 14
Trevor Huff had the
big Fish of the Tournament
Trevor Huff - Age 11 -
Dakota Jones - Age 15
- 18 Champion
Lake Washington surrounded by Seattle,
Bellevue and Renton, with the Space Needle
and the University of Washington Husky
Stadium as a back drop, was the site of
Washington’s 2012 Junior State Championship.
Dakota Jones, 15-18 year old champion of
Mead Washington and the Inland Empire Junior
Bass Club and Trevor Huff, 11-14 year old
champion of Camano Island and the Washington
Bass Association Junior bass club will
represent Washington State Bass Federation
and the Washington National Guard at this
years National Guard Junior World
Championship at Gainesville, Georgia. August
Conditions were tough as the competitors
took to the lake following a cooling period
with overcast skies and water temperatures
indicating pre-spawn conditions.
With thirteen competitors traveling from as
far away as 300 miles from all parts of
Washington. They came to win the State
In the 15-18 year old division, Dakota
Jones, Inland Empire junior club made the
adjustment to down size his line and lures
following the State Federation qualifier on
the same body of water the day before.
Dakota weighed in four fish for 8.85 lbs by
working a known bedding area, with poor
visibility and pressure from other
competitors. Dakota covered the area
repeatedly waiting for the next wave of
spawners to show up. It paid off, to
overtake second place Nik Autrey by less
than a pound.
A three time State Champion Nik Autrey was a
close second with 8.05 lbs after working a
number of methods to hook fish before
finding fish with a lipless crank bait. Nik
stuck with this pattern late in the day but
fell just ounces short of another title.
David Slater placed third with four fish at
5.12 lbs. by working docks adjacent to
shallow bedding flats.
In the 11-14 year old division Trevor Huff,
Washington Bass Association junior club
worked a number of different methods before
hooking his fish, a 4.82 small mouth with a
jerk bait, which turned out to win his
division and also be the big fish of the
tournament. Kelsey Shaber worked a number of
methods to put her in second place for the
second year in a row, with Mark Omlin
placing third while fishing a purple
The Washington National Guard,KGM lures,
Michael Greene Dry Creek custom baits,
Berkeley lures, Yamamoto lures, Spokane
Valley Marine and Chris Bedwell deserve a
thank you for their contributions for the
A special thanks to Keith Brooks, Federation
Tournament Director, his wife Rachel and son
Kody for all their help.
Written by Dave Bruggman
W.S.B.F. Junior Bass Clubs
Inland Empire Bass Club
911 N. Skipworth
Spokane Valley WA 99206
2012 Washington State Bass Federation
High School State Championship
Bass Team State Championship
July 1, 2012 - Results from Columbia
Point Marina at Tri Cities
|Third Place Team
Chase Heaton & Logan Meredith
Nik Autry & David Slater
|Second Place Team
Dakota Jones & Tanner Clark
||Nik Autry & David Slater
||University High School
||Tanner Clark & Dakota Jones
Chiawana High School River Hawks
||Logan Meredith & Chase
High School Titans
||Grant Green & Tristan
||Kamiakin High School
||Kody Brooks & Thomas
Slater & Nik Autry
Clark & Dakota Jones
Heaton & Logan Meredith
& Grant Green
||Kody Brooks &
Slater & Autrey Become First TBF Washington State High
School Bass Team Champions
four time state junior champion and David Slater two time junior
champion, representing the University High School Titans used
their combined knowledge and experience to win the first ever
Washington State High School Bass Team Championship on the
Columbia River with a weight of 17.34 lbs.
weighed second place finishers Dakota Jones, a three time State
junior champion himself, along with his partner Tanner Clark
representing the Chiawana High School River Hawks with a weight
of 15.75 lbs to become Washington States first High School Bass
went to the team of Logan Meredith & Chase Heaton also Titans
from University High School, Fourth place was Grant Green &
Tristan Decker of Kamiakin High School followed by fifth place
finisher Kody Brooks & Thomas Bailer of Lake Stevens High School
Columbia river water level was high and flowing extremely fast
with large mouth at the end of their spawn guarding fry and the
small mouth transitioning out from bedding areas.
teams shared some of the common areas but at different times
throughout the day. First place finishers Autrey and
Slater ran up the Snake River arm to begin their day early by
targeting back waters off the river out of the heavy current
flow. They managed to hook a few fish on top water early and
then moved out to the mouth of the river to pick up a 4.75 lb
small mouth for their biggest fish. From there they headed
down river to Casey’s pond area to catch and cull fish to first
place on an off shore rock pile.
Jones and Tanner Clark started at Casey’s pond targeting small
mouth on roadbeds and isolated rock piles. They too later moved
up river to the Yakima River arm and targeted largemouth in the
shallow backwaters guarding fry to cull out a limit for a second
The rest of
the five high school teams that competed worked up and down the
river to upgrade their catch. It was a good turnout for the
first Washington State High School Bass Team Championship, with
local News coverage, and local sponsor support making it a
success with the winners looking forward to the Western
Conference Championship in September.
Slater & Autrey Off to
the High School Western Conference Championship
on Utah Lake
Washington State High School Champs Nik Autrey & David Slater to
compete in the High School Western Conference Championship. Ten
Western States High School Teams will go head to head on Utah
Lake to earn a spot to compete at the High School National
All High School Championships are held in conjunction with
collegiate conference & national championships at a designated
college and lake in the area.
2012 High School Fishing Conference Championship Dates & Lakes
High School Fishing State Champions advance to a Conference
Championship, in conjunction with an FLW College Fishing
Conference Championship this fall. Boats are provided upon
request. Conference Champions receive trophies,
commemorative jerseys and advance to the National Championship
for the chance to win a $10,000 scholarship ($5,000 per team
member). Teams participating in the conference championships and
National Championship also receive a travel allowance to help
offset their expenses. For more information about the College
Fishing Conference Championships – go to www.collegefishing.com
Western Conference Championship: Arizona, California, Colorado,
Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington & Wyoming state
Date: 9/1/12 Lake: Utah Lake – UT
David Slater--First High School State Champion Placed Second at
Western State Conference Championship
Slater had to compete by himself, as teammate Nik Autrey was
unable to make the trip. Washington States high school team
champion headed south to Utah Lake, Utah to compete against ten
western state teams for a chance to fish for FLW’s National high
school championship next spring.
David and his Uncle Dan Conrath started off their trip with some
problems and more than a little excitement. Just north of Idaho
Falls, Idaho with a wheel bearing failure that was hot enough to
start a grass fire about 4 a.m. on day one. With extinguishers
blasting and a lot of running around they managed to knock it
down. Luckily uncle Dan had the forethought to carry an extra
set of bearings, and two hours later they were on the road
Prefishing was a little slow as thunderstorms rolled through the
area. Primarily a large mouth lake that had off colored water,
very shallow with water temp at 73 degrees. They had to share
the water with the college western conference championship
competitors, so they fished a lot of used water, under tough
Crank baits were the bait of choice for the collegiate winners
as David worked riprap in the marina areas with a sexy shad
spinner bait to hook his fish. David worked areas with
deep-water channels close to the rocks.
The last day of competition brought 30 mile and hour wind gusts,
with thunderstorms and four-foot rollers that pushed a lot of
competitors off their best spots. David finished second just a
couple of pounds behind another northwest team from Idaho.
David starts college soon but plans on fishing a few tournaments
when he can, I expect to see his name at the top of a few leader
boards locally and possibly at the collegiate national
championship in the next couple of years.
Great job David.
full story and details:
Nik Autrey & Max Hamack
2011 WSBF Junior State Champions!
Nik Autrey is a three time Junior Bass Champion in as many years, Max
Hamack won his first Junior Bass Championship by an almost eight
pound margin over second place on Lake Roosevelt. Both will be
headed to Arkansas to compete in the National Guard Junior World
Championship on Lake DeGrays.
Arkadelphia, Arkansas and Lake DeGrays is a long way from the Pacific
Northwest in more than just distance. The weather was 101
degrees with 98 percent humidity, clear skies, and sun all day.
Water temperature was in the 90-degree mark were the conditions that
day one presented as 42 boats and 84 competitors took to the water.
Lake DeGrays is a highland impoundment with fairly clear water and
rocky shoreline, similar to some of our lakes with earth dams and
spillways except for standing timber in some of the flooded areas
and hundreds of brush piles throughout the lake placed by fishermen.
Spots and largemouth are predominating, schooling on top early then
going deep to the brush mid day.
On the first day
all the state winners get to fish for their divisional championship,
with those winners moving on to fish for the Junior World
Championship on the second day.
Both Nik and Max had a descent day on the water with top water and
drop shot the go to bait, but not good enough to move on to day two
finals. So they spent the day at the convention center with all the
pro’s that didn’t make the final day of the Forest Wood Cup. All
the youth got to cross the stage at the Forest Wood Cup and announce
who they were and from what state.
Nik entered the open division-casting contest that was held over the
four-day tournament for everybody. It came down to a sudden death
cast off where Nik out cast everyone even the pro’s except for two
by a huge margin. That boy can cast.
It was an
exceptional experience that could only have happened due to the help
of all the federation club who help make it possible.
WSBF Youth Director
Frequently Asked Questions (Youth)
do I join a TBF junior club?
key to this is finding a club in your area. You can contact WSBFl
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contact us on this website.
if there is no TBF junior club in my area
can help you find the closest adult club to contact about junior
opportunities or, start your own TBF Student Anglers Federation
student club through your school. Just contact us and we'll
help you get started!
TBF provide our TBF junior club with insurance?
TBF provides, as a membership benefit, the same insurance
coverage for a junior clubs and junior members as we do for an
adult clubs and adult members. Including $1 Million dollars of
general liability cover, $10,000.00 of participant AD&D
cover as well as excess medical coverage.
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are the membership dues and club rosters due?
are due at the same time as the adult clubs. (December 31 of
each year) Getting these in on time is very important to us so
that we can give you full benefit of your membership.
much are the TBF junior dues?
the basic TBF youth dues are only $5.00. The individual states
may add a small state fee in addition to this amount. Your club
will likely have a small club fee as well. TBF also has a youth
premium membership for $25.00 that includes all the TBF benefits
PLUS a 1 year membership to FLW Outdoors and the magazine as
well as a gift pack full of goodies to help you catch more fish!
is the TBF Student Anglers Federation in school national
is an educational program designed to introduce students to
fishing and to show students the ever increasing career and
educational opportunities through fishing. It also shows
students how the basic elements of their education are used by
tournament anglers every day out on the water and how you can
use fishing and having fun to sharpen those basic skills that
will help you later in life no matter what your career choice.
can I get the TBF Student Anglers Federation program in my
relatively new program is designed to get students in schools
across the country excited about fishing through our classroom
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High School age groups to get involved by forming school fishing
clubs. Our program also adds purpose to their education by
giving them real life examples how education items like math,
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every day. Combine that with a discussion on the ever increasing
career opportunities that are being created by the sport and it
gives students another great option for their after school time.
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