The High School Fishing State Championship was held on Sunday, March 6, 2016 with the cooperation of PONCA CITY (Okla.), student Angler (SAF) partner in fishing at “FLW”, and the Bass Federation (TBF). The event was held at the “Big Toho Marina” in City Park near Kissimmee, FL. The Fishing State Championship was designed as a “two person event” for the talented students from Grades 9 to 12. To play the game, each team was allowed to have one member from Grade 7 or 8, if necessary. Participating teams registered online through the online source at “WWW. highSchoolFishing.org” Any team or their coaches who had a boat were eligible to apply.
The Citrus High School team of Hunter McPherson and Laramy Strickland brought a five-bass limit to the scales on Saturday weighing in at 29 pounds, 3 ounces to win the 2016 Florida State High School Fishing Championship on Lake Toho. The win gained the pair the title of State Champs as well as certified the team to enter the High School Fishing Southeastern Conference Regional Championship event on Lake Lanier in September.
The top 4 groups on Lake Toho that advanced to the Southeastern Conference Regional Championship were:
First: Citrus High School-- Hunter McPherson and Laramy Strickland, 5 bass, 29-3
Second: Auburndale High School-- Jackson Williams and Bryce Goff, 4 bass, 14-6
Third: West Nassau County High School-- Colby Cowart and Cody Hadden, 4 bass, 14-1
Fourth: Bartow High School-- Jeremy Morgan and Steven Singletary, 4 bass, 12-10