The Oklahoma BASS Federation Nation held the Junior Bassmaster State Championship May 9 on Konawa Lake.
Twenty-two kids from BASS-affiliated junior bass clubs in Oklahoma City and Antlers competed.
Eleven volunteer boat captains from the OBFN State Team and both clubs took the kids out for the day.
First place in the ages 11 to 14 division were Preston Moore, 12, from Antlers, who caught five fish weighing 7.85 pounds.
In the ages 15 to 18 group, Jake Little, 15, of Shawnee was the champion with five weighing 9.21 pounds.
They each received a trophy provided by Dow Aerospace and a sonar fish finder provided by Lowrance Electronics. In addition, these two anglers will fish as part of the Oklahoma State Team that will compete in the Divisional tournament in June on Greers Ferry Lake in Arkansas.
Their one-day weight will be added to the adult team’s total to determine the overall team title.
They also will be competing within their age group for an opportunity to fish in the Junior Bassmaster World Championship in Florida in October.
Runners-up at the state championship were Chelsi Thomas, 13, Antlers, with five weighing 7.41 pounds, and Tyler Carpenter, 17, of Midwest City with five fish weighing 8.87 pounds.
Placing third were Jacob Keenom, 11, of Meeker with five weighing 7.37 pounds and Jessie Shrader, 14, of Antlers with five weighing 8.45 pounds.
These kids received reels from Quantum, rods from Falcon and plaques provided by Dow Aerospace.
All the kids received soft plastic lures from A&M Baits and Zoom Bait Company. A burger and hotdog cookout was provided for all the kids, families, volunteers and workers.