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July 13, 2013

Tift County Future Fishermen compete for national title in Texas

TIFTON —  In just the second year of its existence, the Future Fishermen Club of Tift County High took on the top 166 high school anglers in the nation in San Augustine, Texas on June 23-24 at Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

William Garren and Taylor Woodall caught a five fish bag limit, weighing 11 lbs. 12 oz. This bag of fish placed them in 10th place. Scholarship money was awarded to the top five teams.

Coach Bruce Begue said, “That was amazing what these kids have done. It hasn’t sunk in yet, but they put high school fishing in Tifton on the national map.”

He was equally proud of the other two fishermen competing from Tift, Dyland Merritt and John Tucker. They finished in 59th place with two fish at four lbs. 6 oz.

The anglers and their families were welcomed by San Angelo, which had plenty of activities and a DJ playing music.

Begue said he wanted to thank God as well as several individuals for their support. He specifically thanked the Tift County Board of Education, TCHS principal Kim Ziegler, the FFA, Bobby Benett, Scott Haskins, Moultrie Tech, Dr. Shawn Utley, Dr. Tami Blackshear, Namedroppers, Publix, Tift BassBusters, Papa John’s, MRS Homecare, South Georgia Chiropractic, McKee’s Auto Service, Mystery Tacklebox, Clay Jens, Kenny Ray, Dr. Scott, Kyle Kirkland, Gary Vowell, WTIF and Tenneson Nissan

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