Truman Lake hosts FLW high school open

Blue Devils qualify for national fishing tournament

WARSAW, Mo. – Two Plattsmouth High School students snagged a top fishing honor Saturday at a regional tournament in Missouri.

Haley Sporven and Draven Ray captured first place in the 2018 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Truman Lake Open. A field of 19 teams competed in the no-entry-fee tournament, which launched from Long Shoal Marina in Warsaw, Mo. The Harry S. Truman Reservoir is located approximately 40 miles west of Lake of the Ozarks in west-central Missouri.

The Truman Lake Open was a two-person team event for students in grades 7-12. It was open to members of any high school fishing club affiliated with the Student Angler Federation (SAF). Scoring was determined by the pounds and ounces of each team’s catch during the tournament. Students were only allowed to present largemouth, spotted, redeye or smallmouth bass to tournament officials at weigh-ins.

Sporven and Ray brought two bass to the scale that weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces. They defeated Kearney High School competitors Nathan Pratt and Haden Long for the title. Pratt and Long posted a total fish weight of 6 pounds, 14 ounces. Kody Wiertzema and Pierce Randolph of Springfield, Mo., finished third, John Hubbert and Andrew Johnson of Bolivar, Mo., were fourth and Matthew Gerber and Josh Flynn of Overland Park, Kan., placed fifth….Read More