Waccamaw High angler attends FLW camp

Opportunity of a lifetime: Waccamaw High School angler attends FLW camp

It’s about 9 a.m. on a Wednesday in July when Tj McKenzie and his father Timothy make it out to Carroll Ashmore Campbell Marine Complex in their 21-foot Skeeter bass boat. After snaking up the Sampit River for about 10 minutes and into a creek, they arrive at their first spot of the day in front of a bridge.

With the tide moving out, Tj knows the bridge will produce more current than the rest of the creek, therefore making the largemouth bass living there more likely to feed.

“Before there is current anywhere else, there is current on the bridge,” Tj said. “It’s a very good place to fish.”

The spot doesn’t produce today, however.

As he moves through the creek Tj points out places where the bass should be — given the conditions. He flips his senko almost perfectly into those spots, but can’t get a bite. After an hour and a half, he makes a small color adjustment to his senko and within 10 minutes, he catches a keeper off a boat ramp.

It’s this attention to detail, he said, that he believes made him stand out among others at the first ever Fishing League Worldwide High School Fishing Camp sponsored by Costa in Murray, Kentucky July 18-21. During the three-day camp high school anglers learn about fish and boat safety, as well as how to use depth finders to catch fish.

“You had a group of kids that wanted to be there,” FLW professional and champion Andy Morgan said. “We got to talk about some things beyond how to throw a spinnerbait or drag a worm on the bottom. We got to talk about some ethics and editcut, how you act and how you kinda take on life.”…Full Story