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Elizabethtown Wins High School Championship Tournament on Pickwick Lake

Elizabethtown Wins High School Championship Tournament on Pickwick Lake Elizabethtown High School won the Student Angler Federation tournament on Pickwick Lake.
 

FLORENCE, Ala. (June 24, 2019) – Pennsylvania’s Elizabethtown High School duo of Anthony Cicero IV and Dakota Snyder, both of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, caught three bass weighing in at 16 pounds, 6 ounces to win the 2019 TBF Student Angler Federation High School Fishing World Finals tournament on Pickwick Lake. Edging their closest competitors by 1 pound, 9 ounces, the Elizabethtown High School duo won their choice of scholarship offers from Bethel University (Tennessee), Simpson University (California) or Kentucky Christian University.

  

Snyder said he plans on joining the United States Marines after his upcoming senior year, while Cicero says the victory will have a life-changing impact on his future.

  

“I might go to college now since we won,” Cicero said. “At first, I wasn’t sure if I’d go, but I might go now.”

  

While many of their competitors opted for Pickwick’s traditional offshore ledge game, the winning anglers quickly determined that their best opportunities would be found shallower. Working in the Mulberry Creek area, upriver from Kroger Island, Cicero and Snyder focused on shallow grass with wood and caught fish from 8 inches of water to five feet. They had plenty of area at their disposal, but ended up sealing the deal on a single piece of cover.

  

“We were fishing this stump where we had caught a couple in practice and we caught our three best fish there today and ended it all,” Cicero said.

  

Anchoring their limit was a 7-pound, 7-ounce largemouth that earned Big Bass honors for the day. Bladed jigs produced all of the winners’ fish. They mixed up their presentations between a Z-Man ChatterBait Jack Hammer and a Phenix Vibrator Jig. Both wore green pumpkin Lake Fork Live Magic Shad trailers.

  

“In the morning, we would burn it right above the grass and later in the day we would slow roll it to get it down deeper in the grass,” Cicero said.

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The top 10 teams at the TBF Student Angler Federation High School Fishing World Finals on Pickwick Lake finished:

  1st: Elizabethtown High School, Elizabethtown, Pa. – Anthony Cicero IV and Dakota Snyder, both of Elizabethtown, Pa., three bass, 16-6

  2nd: Gardendale High School, Gardendale, Ala. – Griffin Phillips and Fletcher Phillips, both of Mount Olive, Ala., three bass, 14-13

  3rd: Lawrence County High School, Lawrenceburg, Tenn. – Will Daniels and Kade Suratt, both of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., three bass, 13-3

  4th: Lawrence County High School, Lawrenceburg, Tenn. – J.D. Bedford, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., and Walker Brown, Loretto, Tenn., three bass, 12-10

  5th: Hamburg High School, Hamburg, Ark. – Austin Fleming, Hamburg, Ark., and Ben Brockwell, Crossett, Ark., three bass, 12-5

  6th: North Augusta High School, North Augusta, S.C. – Dustin Williamson,  Aiken, S.C., and Nathan Boatwright, Warrenville, S.C., three bass, 12-2

  7th: Corner High School, Dora, Ala. – Ethan Franklin, Empire, Ala., and Hayden McCarty, Dora, Ala., three bass, 12-0

  8th: Marshall County High School, Benton, Ky. – Tristan Barrett, Benton, Ky., and Harlan Thomas, Gilbertsville, Ky., three bass, 11-6

  9th: McCracken County High School, Paducah, Ky. – Sarah Morehead and Hunter Valerius, both of Paducah, Ky., three bass, 10-12

  10th: Mount Bethel Christian Academy, Marietta, Ga. – Brooks Anderson and David Britt, both of Marietta, Ga., three bass, 10-8

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