Local students win bass fishing high school state championship

Posted July 28, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.

ORRINGTON — Brewer Lake in Orrington was the site of the 2014 Student Angler Federation Maine State High School Bass Fishing Championship on July 19. The fishing duo of Hunter Pate and Jacob Gauvin captured the title with a weigh-in of 10.8 pounds. The win qualifies them for the conference championship level.

Hunter Pate of Orrington is a senior at John Bapst Memorial High School. Jacob Gauvin of Bucksport is a junior at Bucksport High School. Both young men have been fishing competitively for the past two years with adults in the Bangor Bass Club and the Outcast Bass Club. The team previously has won the Penobscot River Tournament in 2012, the Silver Lake tournament in 2013 and placed in several other tournaments. They are in the top 10 Tournament of Champions trail with the Outcast club.

The state championship is a two-person team event for students in grades nine through 12. The Student Angler Federation is part of the Bass Federation and is in partnership with the Fishing League Worldwide.

“State championships allow every SAF member in North America the opportunity to fish in a championship tournament setting,” TBF National Youth Director Mark Gintert said. “This year, with the help of our partners at FLW, we’re expanding the program again by offering more advancement opportunities based on field size. In 2014, the top 10 percent of the field will advance. This rewards areas of the country working hard to grow the sport of high school fishing.”

The top 10 percent of each conference championship will advance to the FLW-TBF High School Fishing National Championship held in the spring of 2015 in conjunction with a major TBF or FLW event. The national champions will win a $5,000 college scholarship to the school or their choice. All SAF members nationwide and all open and state championship participants automatically qualify for the largest event in high school fishing, the 2014 High School Fishing World Finals. More than $40,000 in scholarships and prizes are awarded annually.

FLW is offering anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide over the course of 230-plus tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy — the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the “Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water,” through a variety of platforms including tournaments, outdoor expos and FLW Fantasy Fishing.

For information, visit bassfederation.com or highschoolfishing.org.

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