October 27, Decatur, Alabama. Twelve young anglers (six each in two age groups, 11-14 and 15-18), each of whom had advanced through qualifying divisional rounds, battled rapidly cooling conditions on Wilson Lake to decide the winners of the Bassmaster Junior World Championship over the weekend.
Nik Autrey, of Washington’s Inland Empire Bass Club won the senior age group with a catch of 10 pounds 3 ounces, and Alex Goff of West Virginia’s Mon Valley Bassmasters triumphed in the junior category with a catch of exactly 8 pounds.
High winds and a temperature drop of 30 degrees between Friday practice and the Saturday tournament defeated some of the contestants, but Autrey and Goff adjusted tactics, kept at it, and were both rewarded with bigger fish: they tied, in fact, for the Big Bass Award (3 pounds 7 ounces).
All 12 competitors took home scholarship money and in addition, Autrey and Goff both won a Triton boat package made up of a 16-foot aluminium boat with a Mercury outboard, MotorGuide trolling motor, and Lowrance electronics.
The JWC was fished in conjunction with the Federation Nation Championship on nearby Wheeler Lake.
Bassmaster.com has full coverage of the event HERE.
15-18 Age Group
Nik Autrey, Liberty Lake, WA – 5 Fish, 10-03 (Big Bass Award – 3-07)
Caleb Taylor, Whitestown, IN – 3 Fish, 5-04
Blake Jordan Betz, Baton Rouge, LA – 1 Fish, 1-05
Corey Horelick, Uncasville, CT – 1 Fish, 1-01
Willem Lubbinge, Pretoria, Gauteng SOU – 0 Fish
Tyler Clark Maschal, Lynchburg, VA – 0 Fish
11-14 Age Group
Alex Goff, Clendenin, WV – 3 Fish, 8-00 (Big Bass Award – 3-07)
Tyler Evans, Corvallis, MT – 3 Fish, 4-09
Luke Farmer, Estero, FL – 2 Fish, 3-04
Christopher Chandler, Ragley, LA – 1 Fish, 1-00
Alexander Datz, Thornville, OH – 0 Fish,
Brandon Johnson, Plainfield, CT – 0 Fish