Seckman High anglers fish in national championship

OUTDOORS: Seckman students fish in national competition

Seckman High juniors Zak Hobbs and Tristen Konecnik “went to school” on Pickwick Lake in Alabama this summer and salvaged an 88th place finish out of about 360 teams in their first-ever visit to the High School Fishing World Finals and 2018 National Championships.

Taking their Missouri championship skills and familiar techniques from their home lake to start the event, they shot the docks and scoured the shore lines on the first day of the tournament and didn’t catch one keeper.

“We weren’t catching any fish up there, and we found out the teams catching fish were fishing deep ledges,” Zak said. “You definitely have to do research about fishing in current and off the ledges to find schools of actively feeding fish.”

With some lessons learned before the second day of the tournament began, the pair caught a limit of fish good enough for a third-place finish for the day including one largemouth bass over five pounds and a spotted bass over four pounds, said Brian Hobbs, Zak’s dad and the team’s boat captain.

“I wish we would have went deep on the first day,” Zak Hobbs said. “I can’t wait to get back there next year.”

To fulfill that dream they will have to qualify as one of the top teams in Missouri again, but they will enter that competition next season as defending champions. The Jaguars finished first out of 272 teams in the state championships on April 14 at Truman Lake, which is about 40 miles south of Sedalia. Bass fishing is listed as an activity by the Missouri State High School Activities Association.

At Truman, Hobbs and Konecnik took top honors with a five-fish limit that weighed 16.62 pounds. The weather for the state tournament was nearly as memorable as the win. After a week of pleasant spring conditions prior to the event, that Saturday morning it was 40 degrees and dropping with winds of 15 to 20 mph….Full Story