Local anglers win state fishing tourneyPublished 11:19am Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Two local kids won their age divisions at the Alabama Bass Federation Inc. Junior State Fishing Tournament Saturday on Cooters Pond in Prattville.
Eclectic native Christian Markos reeled in 6.43 pounds with three fish and Millbrook’s Matt White collected 10.63 pounds with three fish to take first place in the 11-14 and 15-18 age divisions respectively. With the wins, both anglers qualify for the Junior World Fishing Tournament on Aug. 14-16 on Lake Watertree in Columbia, S.C.
Represented by Anglers for Kids, 14-year-old Markos said he felt confident going into the day.
“I felt like I had a pretty good chance,” Markos said. “We had a good day pre-fishing. I had some good weight and that made feel pretty confident. But you never know going into a tournament like that.”
Being a part of Anglers for Kids, Markos said, really prepared him for the state competition.
“It was a pleasure to be able to represent Anglers for Kids and to have that kids of luck to win,” he said. “They help us get to that. They prepare us for the bigger tournaments and what comes next. They are a really organization and I would encourage anybody that wants to join in to look into it.”
After coming up short the last two years in the junior state tourney, Markos said he was excited to finally reel in the winning catch.
“Keep trying, have patience and dedication and you’ll get there someday,” Markos said. “I fished this tournament the last two years and I know what I wanted to do. I wanted to win this event and I was able to win this past Saturday.”
Attempts to get reaction from White, who represented Prattville Junior Bass Anglers at the tourney, were unsuccessful before press time.