GARRETT FOLDS from Ouachita Christian School (left) and Dylan Curtis from Family Christian Community School show their catches at the FLW High School National Championship. The duo placed 64th out of 389 teams at the tournament. (Submitted photo)
The duo of Dylan Curtis and Garrett Folds finished 64th out of 389 teams at the FLW High School National Championship on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama this week.
In three days, Curtis and Folds boated over 60 fish in the tournament which featured teams throughout the United States.
“I’m proud of how we did,” Curtis said. “We caught out limit everyday.”
Curtis is a student at Family Community Christian School, and Folds is a student at Ouachita Christian School.
Curtis said he could not have done as well as he did without his sponsors.
“I would like to thank my sponsors EK’s Marine, Filet, Waller Singer Chevrolet, Sicily Island Bank, Franklin State Bank, Winnsboro State Bank, Hollis & Co. Jewerly, Jeffery’s Flower Show, Rickey Reeves Paining, Ray’s Home Improvement, Southern Energy Solutions and Norred Fire Systems.”
Curtis is entering his senior year and plans on fishing in college.
“I’m hoping to fish in larger and hopefully further my fishing,” Curtis said.
The 2019 FLW High School Fishing National Championship on Pickwick Lake was a three-day event that saw the entire field compete for two days. The National Championship field was cut to the top 10 for day three and the winner was determined by heaviest three-day cumulative weight.
Each member of the winning team received a four-year $40,000 scholarship to Kentucky Christian University. The tournament featured the top anglers from the 2019 TBF High School Fishing State Championships and Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Open events.
The Northlake Christian School Fishing Team of Christopher Capdeboscq of Covington, Louisiana, and Sam Acosta of Madisonville, Louisiana, brought in three bass totaling 9 pounds, 7 ounces on the final day of competition to win the 2019 TBF/FLW High School Fishing National Championship on Pickwick Lake. The duo’s three-day total of nine bass weighing 35 pounds, 12 ounces gave them the win by a thin 1-ounce margin over the second-place team of Colin McCullough and Justin Hamlin who caught 35-11 for Alabama’s Cedar Bluff High School. For the win, Capdeboscq and Acosta each won a four-year $40,000 scholarship to Kentucky Christian University.
Capdeboscq said the final day’s mostly calm, sunny conditions were less favorable than the previous two days’ cloudy skies and moderate winds. Developing options for both scenarios, he said, was essential to his team’s success.
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2019 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Zimbabwe. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros.