The Spirit of the Outdoors Radio Network and the non-profit organization ShellShocked Outdoors held their Inaugural High School Bass Fishing Tournament on Jack Nolan Lake on June 14, 2014. The Tournament was sponsored by Major League Fishing, The Tackle Box, Copher’s Boat Center, Spirit of the Outdoors Radio Network and ShellShocked Outdoors. Spirit 106.3 provided a live remote show for the weigh-in festivities.
Boats were launched at 6am in the morning and the high school teams fished until the 2:30pm weigh-in time. It was a clear, crisp morning when the tournament started. The teams were excited to get their lines in the water and were casting their favorite lures into the water just as soon as their boats floated free from the boat trailers. The sunrise was met with a cool 74 degree morning, perfect for casting “buzz baits” in the shallow waters during the early mornings. The teams fished on through the early and late morning and into the afternoon. The teams were using a variety of baits, from crank baits to spinning baits and floating jigs.
When the 2:30 weigh-in time was reached it was only 82 degrees outside and the skies were bright and sunny, with a light southwest wind. The weather was very cooperative and the kids had a lot of fun fishing in the tournament. Several teams brought in some very nice bags of fish to the weigh-in. Southside High School’s fishing team took third place, winning $25 for each team member, the prize money was provided by ShellShocked Outdoors. The team members were Andrew Poarch and Morgan Mason. Their boat captain was Ron Mason. The Van Buren team won second place and received $50 gift certificates from Copher’s Boat Center for each of the team member. The Van Buren team members were Daniel Bufkin and Jessie Croy. The first place team was represented by Hackett High School. The team members were Hunter Fuller and Christin Anderson. Their boat captain was Billy Fuller. The first place team won autographed tournament fishing jerseys signed by Fishing Pros Kevin van Dam and Gary Klein. The jerseys were provided by Major League Fishing. These jerseys were actually worn by Kevin and Gary in tournaments last year. The first place teams also won Bomber Bait Company lure sets that were also provided by ShellShocked Outdoors. The biggest fish was caught by Bill Wilson. He won $100.00 cash that was provided by the Spirit of the Outdoors Radio Network. Several high school teams participated in the tournament. The were Hackett, Greenwood, Northside, Southside, Charleston, Lavaca, Barling and Van Buren. Sam Horn, member of the University of Arkansas fishing team, was also on hand for the weigh-in festivities.