The Oklahoma Bass Federation held their 2013 Junior State Championship, Sunday, April 28 on Lake Ponca in Ponca City, Oklahoma. With an overcast, windy, practice on Saturday, the weather made a dramatic change for the Sunday competition day. This is the 8th annual OBF Junior Championship for the 11-14 age and the 15-18 age group.
The State Champion in the 11-14 group was defending State Champion Trevor Owens. Trevor netted a 5 fish limit weighing 9.15 pounds. The only other limit in the younger group was brought in by Caleb Taylor, who captured the second place prize with his 7.25 pound catch. Bryce Mittasch was third with 3.59 pounds followed by Erig Hadley, 2.52, and fifth went to Dalton Owens at 1.26.
The 15-18 State Champion was Jake Keenom with a 5 fish limit weighing 7.91 pounds. Trevor Yates also weighed in a limit of bass tipping the scales at 6.41 pounds. Cameron Sherbon was third with only three fish at 5.67. Cameron’s stringer included the 3.76 big bass of the tournament as he nosed out Austin French who had 5.54 pounds. Following Austin in fifth place was Donnie Combrink with a limit weighing 5.06 pounds. Sixth place was Landon Roe with a fish weighing 1.31 pounds.
The young anglers boated 39 fish weighing 55.67 pounds for a 1.43 pound average per fish. All fish were returned to the lake after the weigh in. This years event featured three sister from the same family participating in the event, Kaitlyn Dye, Jessica Dye, and Jolie Kuhlman. The OBF/TBF events are open to all youth interested in fishing.
Our two State Champions will advance to the TBF Junior World Championship at Caddo Lake near Shreveport, LA, August 16 and 17, 2013.
Anyone interested in more information concerning our Junior/High School program should contact State Youth Director Jody Linder throught the OKBass.org web site.