Minnesota anglers compete in high school national championship

Anglers find success down in the South

Rogers partners take 31st in nation, while Elk River duo also fares well

by Jake Andersen

Sports Reporter

Two local high school bass fishing teams made their way down to Florence, Alabama, for the 10th annual High School Fishing World Finals and National Championship on June 19-22 and despite a steep learning curve, they represented their respective schools quite well. 

Rogers duo Logan Brecht and Gavin Adair placed 31st out of 215 teams in the nation, while Elk River partners Logan Huewe and Gavin Melcher took 78th over a four-day national/world event on Pickwick Lake — located on the Tennessee River — where they had to adjust to an almost brand new way of bass fishing. 

“The fishing on Pickwick Lake is drastically different than fishing lakes in Minnesota. There’s not much for weeds or weed lines on Pickwick. You’re mostly fishing ledges — gradual to sharp dropoffs from 15–30 feet of water near the main river channel,” Melcher said. “You’re also looking for (clam) shell beds on these ledges. These typically attract bait (shad), which attract bass.” 

“There’s a lot bigger baits you use because they have a lot bigger fish down there because they have all year to grow,” Brecht said. “In Minnesota, it freezes over. So it’s a way different type of fishing, just the tactics you use and stuff.”

“The fishing was very challenging,” Melcher added. “Of all of the teams, 27 teams did not catch a legal bass during the first two days of fishing. That shows you how tough the fishing can be.” …Full Story