Fourteen boats and twenty-eight anglers from TBF District 22, Utah, and Nevada, took to the waters of lake Mohave this morning for the Semi-National Championship. Fishing was expected to be tough with high winds and record high heat, but all anglers launched with confidence and were ready for the day.
With the stage and weigh in tank set, anglers began making their way in. As expected, fishing proved to be tough.
In the end Steven Heck, Nevada State Team, took the boater division District Championship and first place in his State Team for a National Championship berth with five fish for 15.65
In the Nevada CO angler division, Rob Schoessler took first place in his State Team earning a National Championship berth with just 3 fish for 5.99, anchored by a 3.14 smallmouth.
In Team Utah, Rick Taylor finished up second overall in the boater division and first place in his State Team earning a National Championship berth with 5 fish for 13.34.
In the Utah CO Angler division history was made. Mandy Myers weighed in a five fish limit for 10.18 which included a 3.79 smallmouth. Mandy took the CO Angler District Title and first place in her State Team becoming the first female angler from Utah to earn her way to the National Championship.
Paul Morley, Team Utah took the Ranger contingency award with Paul Swan, also of Team Utah, picking up the big bass of the event with an awesome 4.77 largemouth.
State Pride Honors go to Team Nevada with 56.85, Team Utah just 4.86 behind at 51.99.
Wayne St John – TBF Nevada Tournament Director