Tournament Reports August 2020

Teen Anglers Take Second At World Event

Brad Gill | July 31, 2020

The Morgan County High School bass fishing team of Cole Holloway and Ryan Thomas recently placed second in the TBF Student Angler Federation High School Fishing World Finals on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin. As a result, the team was offered a combined $266,000 in scholarship funds from three different colleges.

“It feels great. I’ve worked toward this kind of goal since I was young. It was a great experience for me,” said Cole Holloway, 18, of Madison. “My dad was my boat captain, and it allowed the both of us to do what we both love to do the most and spend time together while doing it.”

It was a tough road to qualify for the World tournament. The Morgan County team first competed in a three-day National Championship event June 24-26, where they placed fourth out of 194 boats. The high finish qualified them for the World event tournament the next day where they placed second, finishing just 3 ounces out of first place.

“The feeling of finishing fourth in nationals is awesome,” said Ryan Thomas, 18, of Madison. “Then getting to go on and fish the final day in World Finals and finishing second is like icing on the cake, although it was tough to know we were only 3 ounces away from first place.”

The MOCO Bass Fishing Team Facebook page reported, “This finish earned them scholarship offers from Kentucky Christian, Bethel University and Simpson University. They also took home some impressive hardware and other prizes.”

The boys received the following college scholarship offers: Bethel University ($56,000), Kentucky Christian ($90,000) and Simpson University ($120,000). Amounts would be divided between the two young anglers and factored over four years.

In addition, Cole and Ryan won large trophies but also got to choose from a pile of different prizes. They each won a 58-inch TV, a $250 gift card to Cabela’s and a rod. Their captain Mark Holloway was awarded a prize as well, and he chose a 7-inch Lowrance graph.

“I plan on fishing in college, which will hopefully then lead to my ultimate goal of becoming a professional fisherman one day,” said Cole.

Cole told GON he has already committed to attending and fishing with Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs. Ryan, who also said fishing professionally would be a dream come true, will be attending the University of Montevallo in Alabama.

Even with the new scholarship offers available, both anglers said they had already secured financial support to attend their selected colleges, and it still makes better financial sense for them to continue with their original plans.

The take-home message for GON parents is that colleges are in search of college anglers willing to fish on their teams, and they are willing to fork over some pretty impressive money to get them to attend their campus. If your kids are showing an interest in competing in bass tournaments at the high school level, contact the TBF Student Angler Federation.

“Anyone who is thinking about fishing this tournament in years to come, I would highly recommend it. It was a great experience and a very unique tournament to be apart of,” said Cole.

Cole Holloway (left) and Ryan Thomas placed second at the TBF Student Angler Federation High School Fishing World Finals.

BFL Double Header At Eufaula

The weekend of June 20-21 was a BFL double header at Lake Eufaula, with FLW hosting separate BFL Bulldog events on back-to-back days. The crunched schedule was a result of earlier events being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The BFL Savannah River Division will host a double header on Lake Hartwell the weekend of Aug. 22-23.

Angler: Drew Benton; Tournament: June 20, BFL Bulldog; Lake: Eufaula; Accomplishment: First Place, Big Fish

DateTrailLake—RampContact No.
Aug. 1, 2020Jones Co. Fire Station 6Sinclair, Dennis Station (night)478.319.1524
Aug. 7-8, 2020Alee Shriners Fish Classic36 Wilmington Island Rd. Sav.912.346.4209
Aug. 8, 2020BFL BulldogOconee, Sugar Creek270.252.1000
Aug. 8, 2020Fishers of Men, Ga. NorthHartwell, Gum Branch706.207.4530
Aug. 13-15, 2020Golden Isles King Mac AttackGascoigne Park St. Simons912.577.0552
Aug. 15, 2020Berry’s Fall SeriesOconee, Sugar Creek770.787.6179
Aug. 15, 2020Fishers of Men, Blue RidgeLanier, Little Hall706.889.7777
Aug. 15, 2020Georgia Bass TrailEufaula, Lakepoint704.726.8669
Aug. 22, 2020ABA-AFT, Division 12Eufaula, Lakepoint404.862.4233
Aug. 22, 2020BFL Savannah RiverHartwell, Green Pond Landing270.252.1000
Aug. 23, 2020BFL Savannah RiverHartwell, Green Pond Landing270.252.1000
Aug. 29, 2020Berry’s Fall SeriesSinclair, Dennis Station770.787.6179
Aug. 30, 2020Bassmaster High SchoolHartwell, Green Pond Landing877.BASS.USA

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