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On Sunday, April 29, five of the Pushmataha County Junior Bassmasters traveled to Lake Eufaula to compete in the 2012 Oklahoma State Championship of the B.A.S.S. Junior Bassmasters. Competing in the 15-18 year old category were anglers: Jessie Shrader, David Atwood and Dillan Holiman. Representing the Push County club in the 11-14 year old group was Jake Nabors and Jordan Haddox.
A total of thirty youth anglers from across the state qualified to compete for the title of Oklahoma State Champion. Participants had to be at Porum Landing on Lake Eufaula between 4:30 and 5:30 a.m. to register. At 6:00 a.m., anglers paired together with their boat captains for the day. One angler from each age group fished together in a boat that was driven by Oklahoma B.A.S.S. Federation Nation State Team members and volunteers. Fishing time was from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. There was a five fish limit and a big bass prize.
Two members of the Pushmataha County Sportsmanâ€™s Club also served as boat captains for the day, Kindel Holiman and Wes Haddox. The bite for the day proved to be very slow as the lake had at least three tournaments held on it the day before and fishing areas were hit hard by boat after boat.
With a large crowd gathered at the weigh-in area as 3 oâ€™clock approached, parents and friends waited patiently as boats began to arrive with tired young anglers. Some came in with big smiles and some did not. As the weigh-in started, members of the Push County Club stood with the catch of the day in weigh bags waiting for the chance to pit their catch on the scales.
David Atwood was the first member in the 15-18 age group of the local club to bring his catch to the scales. David was able to land one nice bass but not large enough to put him in the lead. Dillan Holiman was the next member of the Club and he received a large ovation as he pulled out a lunker large-mouth that weighed 5.46 lbs. The big fish landed Dillan the big bass prize for his age group and was given a Falcon rod and a pair of BluRay sunglasses for his efforts. Also, Dillan had a total stringer weight of 9.67 lbs. That was good enough for third stringer weight. Rumor got around that Dillan caught his fish on a spinner bait but the truth may never be known.
In the 11-14 year old group, Jake Nabors was the first local club member to reach the scales. Jake had one fish that weighed 3.08 lbs. That fish was good enough to put Jake in fourth place in his age group. The last member of the Push Co Club to reach the scales was Jordan Haddox. Jordan was able to land one fish that weighed 2.76 lbs. That was good enough for 5th place. Each competitor brought home a prize package and memories that will last forever.
Finishing first in the 15-18 year old age group was Marcus Mills of Norman. Marcus had a five fish stringer that weighed 7.99 lbs. Kindel Holiman was his boat captain and Jordan Haddox fished in the same boat.
Winning the first place prize in the 11-14 year old group was Jacob Keenom of Meeker. He had three fish that weighed 7.99 lbs. his boat captain was Wes Haddox.
The club will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, May 10th at 7:00 p.m. at the Wildlife Heritage Center Museum in Antlers. The next club activity will be to participate in the Push Co Sportsman Clubs annual free youth tournament that will be held at McGee Creek Lake. On the same day, members of the local Firemanâ€™s Association will be holding a fundraiser tournament and members of the club are encouraged to support and participate in the tournament.View more articles in: