Georgia Teen Angler Makes Bassmaster High School All-America Team
The small community in Ellerslie is buzzing about the recent accomplishment of Storm Clark.
The unincorporated community of Ellerslie has a population of just 1,053 people. Like all small communities, what happens at the local high school is a really big deal. That is especially true of high school sports.
Now, the community is buzzing about officially having a sports celebrity in its midst.
Harris County junior fisherman Storm Clark has been named to the 2022 Bassmaster High School All-America Team. Only 12 high school fishermen from across the U.S. were chosen. High school anglers from New York, Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas made the team. Storm was the only Georgia angler chosen.
Storm called the honor “overwhelming.”
Following high school fishing is a way of life in Ellerslie, he said. There are 13 high school and junior high fishing teams there so everyone is kin to someone or knows someone who participates. Storm calls the fan support “tremendous.”
The community was already buzzing about Storm and his partner Gunnar Williamson before Storm won the All-America team honors. The two won an incredible seven tournaments in 2021, almost all of which had more than 200 or more teams participating. He also qualified for the Alabama Bass Trail championship and is currently tied for first in the Reel Money Student Angler Bass Trail angler-of-the-year race.
One of Storm’s biggest fans is his assistant high school principal, J. Bryce Robinson.
“Storm’s fishing accomplishments speak for themselves,” he said. “He has done well in tournaments and leads his team in a positive manner. He helps younger fishermen be better through example and encouragement. Storm is a big reason the fishing team at Harris County High School is thriving.”
Storms credits his father, Shawn Clark, and his fishing partner Gunnar, for his success.
“Storm grew up fishing and hunting,” his father said. “He grew up around fishing tournaments because that’s what I did.”
Storm said fishing on a college fishing team is his goal, and he has hopes of fishing on the University of Montevallo team in Alabama. He’s already getting feelers from colleges across the South.
“I want to major in marketing and want to get into that end in the fishing industry somehow,” he said. “Fishing professionally is in the back of my mind, too.”
Meanwhile, Storm is focused on fishing on the high school level.
“I’m fishing on three high school trails and I have some tournaments coming up in May and June where I can make the nationals,” he said.
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