The heat index on Lake Guntersville was near 100 degrees today but although action was hot the bites were slow on day one of the 2016 Junior World Championship in Scottsboro, Ala.
Thirty-seven of the TBF’s finest junior anglers from across the country traveled to compete in the event. The day one format pitted anglers from each of the six TBF divisions against each other to decide who would emerge the division champions to battle it out tomorrow for the world championship titles.
Kyler McKie from N. Augusta, Ga., paced the field with a four fish sack with a net weight of 13 pounds 2 ounces. He narrowly edged out Hunter Young from Melbourne, Ky., who brought four to the scales that weighed 10 pounds 7 ounces to finish second overall and in the Southern Division.
Isaiah Rios from Phoenix, Ariz., had four fish that weighed 11 pounds 4 ounces to capture the Western Division title, as well as, a shot at tomorrow’s Championship final.
Cameron Rhodes of Warwick, R.I., brought in one of the few five fish limits, which weighed 10 pounds 3 ounces to outdistance, Asa Forbes, from Fairfield, Vt., for the Eastern Division title. Rhodes will also join McKie and Rios in tomorrow’s final round.
The Central divisions, Fisher Davis, had a four fish bag that weighed 10 pounds to advance and capture the division title.
The sixth and final qualifier from the Northern Division was, Scott Sledge, from Greenwood, Ind., with a limit weighing 9 pounds 10 ounces.
The anglers representing the Mid-Atlantic Division had a rough day struggling to land fish of legal limits. As a result, the division title was settled by a tie breaker determined by the oldest angler, which was Jacob Ferrell from Vernon Hill, Va.
Final day action at Goose Pond starts with take-off at 6:30am and weigh-in at 1:30pm. After the junior world champion is crowned the whole field will travel to Huntsville, Ala., for the most prestigious professional bass tournament in the world, the Forrest Wood Cup. All junior anglers will get to take a walk across FLW’s main stage before the Pros weigh-in on the third day of the 2016 Forrest Wood Cup.
Also, standings and pictures for the events will be on TBF’s Facebook page and FLW’s Facebook page.
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