Mifflinburg teens win state fishing tournaments
Three Mifflinburg teens, along with another from South Williamsport, have advanced to the Bassmaster National Championship tournament in 2020 after winning the BASS Nation state tournament at Shenango Reservoir last month.
The team of Kaitlyn Bridge and Josh Stroud, seventh-graders from Mifflinburg and South Williamsport, respectively, won both the PA BASS Nation Jr. High State Championship, as well as the Bass Federation Jr. State Championship. The team of Gavin Enders and Cadin Sheesley, both of Mifflinburg, won the BASS Nation High School tournament
Bridge is the first girl from Pennsylvania to win both tournaments.
“It felt really exciting to win and to know that my partner and I get a chance to go to national championship events next summer,” Bridge said. “We feel honored to represent (Pennsylvania). I also hope more girls see me doing this and want to get involved in the sport.”
Bridge and Stroud bagged enough fish to win the PA BASS Nation tournament on the first day.
Bridge said the tournament was tougher than the Bass Federation State Championship, because the fish had to meet a 15-inch standard.
“We caught lots of short ones. We had a great first day with five fish for 11.96 pounds,” she said. “The second day we caught nine fish, but all were too short so we didn’t bring anything to the scales. Luckily our bag from the first day was enough to win it.”…Full Story