Bridgeport High angler takes third in junior world championship

Bridgeport’s Billos places third in Jr. World Fishing Tournament

BRIDGEPORT — Many people know Andrew Billos as a two-way lineman for the Bridgeport High School football team. What most people don’t know is that he is quite an accomplished fisherman.

Billos, a sophomore, and his partner, Caleb Pipes of Rootstown, finished third in the Junior World Championships in North Little Rock, Ark. The event was co-sponsored by The Bass Federation and Fishing League Worldwide.

“I’m really excited about what we accomplished as a team,” Billos noted. “It was fun.”

In addition to winning some very nice hardware, the pair also received a $1,500 scholarship.

“We had a three-day period to catch the most weight out of anybody. There was a total of 33 teams that competed in the tournament. The first two days they added up the weight of our five biggest fish and that total carried over to the final day,” he explained. “The final day we caught somewhere around five pounds, and nine won it.”

Fishing has become a family tradition for Billos.

“I started fishing when I was probably 3 years old,” he recalled. “My dad fished with his dad, so it’s just carried on.”