The IBN High School Series held its first event of the 2016 – 2017 season at Clinton Lake on June 25th. The high School anglers were very excited about the new season and the possibility of making the top 5 at this event.

The top 5 teams from each of the events will get a birth at the IBN High School State Championship that will be held in June 2017. From there they can qualify for the Bassmaster High School Championship to compete for college scholarships and prizes.

Clinton has been producing some great fish this year and we all anticipated it would continue. As the anglers took off for the day the temps were forecasted to be in the low 90’s. High temps and bluebird skies could make fishing tough. Most of the anglers were hoping for an early morning bite to get the day started.

As they came in we heard there were several limits coming up to the scale. The first team to sit in the hot seats were Hunter Litchfield and Lawson John from Macomb High School with a limit that was 11.12 lbs. with a Big Bass at 4.85 lbs. Hunter and Lawson got comfortable for a while as the teams came up trying to bump them off. Then A J Wojtowicz and Brent Beckwith from Minooka High School came up with a limit that weighed 13.66 lbs. and took over the hot seats. At this point there was only a few teams to weigh in and we heard the last team had a good bag. Nathan Doty and Jake Oakfeaf from Sangamon Valley, the last team to weigh in, came up with a solid limit. The scale stopped at 13.29 lbs. locking up second place and AJ and Brent held on to the top spot.

Coagulations to Brent and AJ for a great win and to all five teams that qualified for the 2017 IBN State Championship. The top 5 teams are:

Minooka H S A J Wojtowicz and Brent Beckwith 13.66 lbs.
Sangamon Valley H S Nathan Doty and Jake Oakfeaf 13.29 lbs.
Macomb H S Hunter Litchfield and Lawson John 11.12 lbs. Big Bass at 4.85 lbs.
Midland H S Doni Anderle and Logan Wunder 10.55 lbs.
Plainfield So. H S Mike Bobich and Jake Blomquist 9.83

The next event will be at Lake Jacksonville just west of Springfield on July 16th .