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SANDUSKY, Ohio (Aug. 3, 2020) – Ohio’s Bishop Hartley High School duo of Braden McNamara and Mike Abbott brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 15 ounces to win the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Lake Erie Open.

For their win on Lake Erie, the team now advances to the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship.

The top two teams that qualified for the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship are:

1st:    Bishop Hartley High School, Columbus, Ohio – Braden McNamara and Mike Abbott, five bass, 15-15

2nd:   A1 Angler Development Club – Derek Rodriguez of Okemos, Mich., and Cougar Fagan of Albion, Mich., five bass, 15-2

Rounding out the top 10 were:

3rd:    Wheelersburg High School, Wheelersburg, Ohio – Matthew Strickland and Pete Newman, five bass, 14-1

4th:    Bag 5 Bassin’ – Brock Sauder of Carlock, Ill., and Brayden Blunier of Roanoke, Ill., five bass, 13-14

5th:    St. Francis Desales High School, Columbus, Ohio – Nicholas Seitz and Brock Vogel, five bass, 13-2

6th:    Renegades Bass Club – Rance Eddleblute of Stockport, Ohio, and Levi Jarvis of McConnelsville, Ohio, five bass, 12-1

7th:    Renegades Bass Club – Brant Moore and Eli Ponchak, both of McConnelsville, Ohio, five bass, 12-5

8th:    Shelby High School, Shelby, Ohio – Brayden Hoehn and Joel Berelsman, five bass, 11-5

9th:    Howell High School, Howell, Mich. – Owen Januszewski and Mathias Dahline, four bass, 10-10

10th:  Chambersburg High School, Chambersburg, Pa. – Dylan Barefoot and Carson Forrester, five bass, 10-0

Complete results from the event can be found at

The event launched from the Shelby St. Public Boat Launch in Sandusky, Ohio, and was hosted by the City of Sandusky.

The FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Lake Erie Open was a free, two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12 and open to any FLW and Student Angler Federation-affiliated high school club. The top 10 percent of teams at each Open event along with the TBF High School Fishing state championships will advance to the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest open high school bass tournament, the 2021 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. More than $2.8 million in scholarships and prizes were offered at the 2020 World Finals.

Full schedules and the latest announcements are available at and


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