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NC Anglers Lead Junior Championship Tournament on Carroll County 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake

NC Anglers Lead Junior Championship Tournament on Carroll County 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake North Carolina Anglers Lead Day 1 Of Junior Championship
 

HUNTINGDON, Tenn. —   The talents of Hunter Alexander and Hayden Hammond took center stage in the 2019 Bassmaster Junior Championship tournament on Carroll County 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake in Tennessee. The 13-year olds caught a limit of five bass that weighed 14 pounds, 4 ounces to take the Day 1 lead. In all, 62 teams from 32 states and Canada qualified for the two-day Championship by way of their individual state events.
  
Alexander and Hammond won the junior state title on Jordan Lake to reach the Championship, and their bag on Tuesday was anchored by a 6-9 largemouth that was the heaviest bass of the day. Alexander’s catch came mid-morning after he and his partner caught a series of bass too short to keep.
“I told (Hayden) I had a bite, and it’s a big one,” Alexander said. He was fishing deep water with a Carolina rig.
 
It wasn’t a personal best for Alexander, but it certainly brought a smile to his face Tuesday. The incoming eighth-graders fish for the Rowan County junior team in North Carolina, and they cut their teeth chasing big bass on big-name fisheries such as High Rock Lake and Lake Norman.
 
Carroll County’s 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake has been known to produce a few sizable bass in previous junior championships, as well. And on Tuesday, it was Alexander’s turn to boat one. The 6-9 was one of only nine keepers they caught, however.
 
“They fished hard and they didn’t get frustrated when they didn’t have many fish in the boat,” said Todd Hammond, who is the team’s boat captain and Hayden’s dad. “They didn’t have but one or two (fish in the livewell) early this morning, but they grinded through it and fished hard. They didn’t quit, and that means a lot.”
 
Hayden said the key to success on Wednesday could be to avoid Tuesday’s early drought.
“We want to get a limit first,” he said. “Then we’ll probably go out deeper and try to find a big bite.”
 
Mike Abbott and Braden McNamara are in second place with a limit that weighed 11-0. The Ohio-based Hartley’s Hogs duo briefly had the big bass of the day, but were surpassed by the tournament leaders only moments later. Keaton Bassham and Huntley York of Arkansas’ Bass Open are in third with 10-15, and Bo Hollen and Ari Clark of West Virginia’s Mon Valley Bassmasters are fourth with a limit of 9-7.
 
Hollen caught a 4-10 bass on Tuesday that was a personal best. He and Clark are both 9 and entering the fourth grade. Dustin Hollen, Bo’s dad and the team’s boat captain, said the youngsters are competitors with a focus that belies their age.
 
“They haven’t fished in many tournaments, but back home, they’re always fishing in the pond or in the creek. They see these older boys they’re up against, but they put their heads down and caught fish,” Dustin said.
 
Abigail Panak and Rhiauna Switzer of Oklahoma’s Pretty Water Junior Bass Club are in fifth place with five bass totaling 8-12. More than half of that weight came on the 4-9 bass that buoyed their bag.
 
The young competitors will take-off Wednesday at 6 a.m. CT from the launch at Carroll County 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake. Weigh-in will be held again at 1:30 p.m. near the town square at 19463 W. Main St. in downtown Huntingdon.
 
The winning duo will receive a $2,000 scholarship that will be dedicated to their college education. The second-place team will win a $1,000 scholarship. The team that catches the heaviest bass after the two days of competition will win a $250 scholarship.

  

2019 Bassmaster Junior Championship 8/6-8/7
Tournament on 1000 Acre Recreational lake, Huntingdon  TN.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1
    Angler                                       Club/School                       Pts
1.  Hunter Alexander - Hayden Hammond            Rowan                                 0
  Day 1: 5   14-04   Total:   5  14-04
2.  Mike Abbott - Braden McNamara                Hartleyís Hawgs                       0
  Day 1: 5   11-00   Total:   5  11-00
3.  Keaton Bassham - Huntley York                Bass Open                             0
  Day 1: 5   10-05   Total:   5  10-05
4.  Bo Hollen - Ari Clark                        Mon Valley Bassmaster's               0
  Day 1: 5   09-07   Total:   5  09-07
5.  Abigail Panak - Rhiauna Switzer              Pretty Water Junior Bass Club         0
  Day 1: 5   08-12   Total:   5  08-12
6.  Phillip Herring - Calup Williams             Greene County Youth Bassmasters       0
  Day 1: 5   08-05   Total:   5  08-05
7.  Dugger Tipton - Amos Mayes                   Arkansas Youth Anglers                0
  Day 1: 5   08-04   Total:   5  08-04
8.  Zach Ventimiglia - Austin Coffman            Timberland JR Bass Club               0
  Day 1: 5   07-14   Total:   5  07-14
9.  Grayden Scibilia - Beau McQuade              Jr. Potomac River Bassmasters         0
  Day 1: 5   07-13   Total:   5  07-13
10. Storm Clark - Gunnar Williamson              Harris County Bass Fishing Team       0
  Day 1: 5   07-11   Total:   5  07-11
11. Carson Kellogg - Nicholas Finley             New Lexington Panthers                0
  Day 1: 5   07-04   Total:   5  07-04
11. Carter Pjesky - Jake Mantovani               Off the Hook Junior Bassmasters       0
  Day 1: 5   07-04   Total:   5  07-04
13. Ryder Krueger - Carson Yero                  Myakka Junior Bassmasters             0
  Day 1: 5   06-15   Total:   5  06-15
14. Gage Adkins - Manning Brooks                 ROGERSVILLE JR BASS                   0
  Day 1: 5   06-14   Total:   5  06-14
15. Trey McKinney - Landon Gabby                 Off the Hook                          0
  Day 1: 5   06-12   Total:   5  06-12
16. Luke Rokavec - Josh Stroud                   Susquehanna Valley HS Fishing Te      0
  Day 1: 5   06-04   Total:   5  06-04
17. Carson Owen - Parker Eubanks                 Plainview Jr. Bass Club               0
  Day 1: 5   06-03   Total:   5  06-03
18. Lucas Wray - Will Stephens                   Russell County Jr Bass Club           0
  Day 1: 5   06-03   Total:   5  06-03
19. Joey Elliott - Aiden Pihaylic                Anchor Bay Juniors                    0
  Day 1: 5   06-00   Total:   5  06-00
20. Curtis Russler - Elijah Ambrose              Jr. Potomac River Bassmasters         0
  Day 1: 5   05-15   Total:   5  05-15
21. Caden Sellers - Jackson Rogers               Jr. Southwest Bassmasters             0
  Day 1: 5   05-13   Total:   5  05-13
22. Alex Gordon - Ty Blanchette                  BASS Lightning                        0
  Day 1: 5   05-11   Total:   5  05-11
23. Eric Stelly - Camron Jones                   Lafourche Junior Bassmasters          0
  Day 1: 5   05-06   Total:   5  05-06
24. Brody Kellum - Carson Thompson               Franklin County Junior Bass           0
  Day 1: 5   05-04   Total:   5  05-04
25. Caden Chartier - Alexander Giannotti         Rochester Junior Bassmasters          0
  Day 1: 5   05-04   Total:   5  05-04
26. Oakley Howell - Cole Green                   Guntersville Youth Bass Club          0
  Day 1: 5   05-03   Total:   5  05-03
27. Jayden Corr - Jase Corr                      Lone Star Jr Bassmasters              0
  Day 1: 5   05-02   Total:   5  05-02
28. Ashton Meland - Alex Meland                  Eastern Iowa Jr Bassmasters           0
  Day 1: 5   05-02   Total:   5  05-02
29. Parker Welch - Gavin Carson                  Kickback                              0
  Day 1: 5   05-01   Total:   5  05-01
30. Jacob Martin - Seth Thayer                   Waupaca Jr. Bassbusters               0
  Day 1: 5   05-00   Total:   5  05-00
30. Lane Mead - Ryder Kahny                      Star City Jr. Angler                  0
  Day 1: 5   05-00   Total:   5  05-00
32. Scotty Hagan - Ross Kearns                   BottomLine BassMasters                0
  Day 1: 5   05-00   Total:   5  05-00
33. Noah Parrish - Dillon Jost                   Northern Colorado Bass Club           0
  Day 1: 5   04-14   Total:   5  04-14
34. Jay Walkup - Jaxon Rapp                      Highlands County Junior Anglers       0
  Day 1: 4   04-14   Total:   4  04-14
35. Bradlee Parish - Tyler Guin                  North Mississippi Student Angler      0
  Day 1: 5   04-12   Total:   5  04-12
36. Justin Weikel - Carter Loss                  Caleb's Legacy                        0
  Day 1: 4   04-12   Total:   4  04-12
37. Hunter Barrow - Will Compton                 Magna Vista Fishing Team              0
  Day 1: 5   04-11   Total:   5  04-11
38. Justin Schmadeke - Hunter Patton             Independence Bass Club                0
  Day 1: 5   04-06   Total:   5  04-06
39. Robbie Livar - Wyatt Starks                  Phoenix Junior Bassmasters            0
  Day 1: 5   04-05   Total:   5  04-05
40. Andrew Flannery - Gavin Nicholls             Ontario Junior Bassmasters            0
  Day 1: 3   04-04   Total:   3  04-04
41. Cody Wilder - Dalton Williams                Conway Middle School                  0
  Day 1: 4   04-03   Total:   4  04-03
42. Tanner Moulton - Alex Gross                  NH Jr Bassmasters                     0
  Day 1: 5   04-02   Total:   5  04-02
43. Beau Brent - Payton Whirley                  Anoka-Ramsey                          0
  Day 1: 4   04-00   Total:   4  04-00
44. Nicholas Dellaporta -                        NJ Junior Bass Nation                 0
  Day 1: 4   03-14   Total:   4  03-14
45. Logan Lopossa - Koby Sollars                 Southside Anglers                     0
  Day 1: 3   03-01   Total:   3  03-01
45. Shelby Montgomery - Sarah Jones              Lakeside Chiefs                       0
  Day 1: 3   03-01   Total:   3  03-01
47. Austin Schmidt - Ben Smith                   Cabot Community Fishing Team          0
  Day 1: 2   02-08   Total:   2  02-08
48. Jaxton Collier - Reece Roberts               South side Anglers                    0
  Day 1: 2   02-06   Total:   2  02-06
49. Tate Jones - Fisher Whitlock                 Bassett High School                   0
  Day 1: 2   02-05   Total:   2  02-05
50. Tristen Boyd - Reagan Hershman               Grundy County Jr Bass                 0
  Day 1: 2   02-04   Total:   2  02-04
51. Jayden Snow - Tyler Thilmany                 Rogers HS Fishing Team & White B      0
  Day 1: 2   01-14   Total:   2  01-14
52. Garrett Christy - Jake Ross                  Carson High School                    0
  Day 1: 2   01-13   Total:   2  01-13
53. Cody Mundy - Barrett Bennefield              Broaddus High School Fishing Tea      0
  Day 1: 2   01-13   Total:   2  01-13
54. Gavin Parrish - John Sawyer                  Batesburg Leesville                   0
  Day 1: 2   01-08   Total:   2  01-08
55. Peter Duffy - Bryce Formsma                  Northview Bass Club                   0
  Day 1: 1   01-02   Total:   1  01-02
55. Kolton Stevens - Carson Conrad               Fair Grove                            0
  Day 1: 1   01-02   Total:   1  01-02
57. Luke McGuffin - Kaleb Butts                  CHS Anglers                           0
  Day 1: 1   00-12   Total:   1  00-12
58. Jack Sergeant - Easton Hillard               Off The Hook Illinois Bassmaster      0
  Day 1: 1   00-11   Total:   1  00-11
59. Riley Albanese - Garrett Stotler             Berkeley Springs Junior High Sch      0
  Day 1: 0   00-00   Total:   0  00-00
59. Peter Mcdonald - Alex Carl                   Centennial Bass Club of Northern      0
  Day 1: 0   00-00   Total:   0  00-00
59. Zachary Morris - Carter Oconnell             LA JR bassmasters                     0
  Day 1: 0   00-00   Total:   0  00-00
59. Shooter Nelson - Seth Ricketts               West Carroll                          0
  Day 1: 0   00-00   Total:   0  00-00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1        38       239       301-08
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          38       239       301-08

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