Bass-tournament partners Jake Andrew and Jace Garrett, from Bremen High School, recently brought home their first tournament win at the Georgia B.A.S.S. Nation fishing tournament held at Lake Sinclair on May 14.
Jake, who is a senior, has been fishing competitively since he was a 15. For his final season, he was paired with Jace, who is a freshman.
The duo met through mutual friends and immediately clicked.
The tournament on Sinclair was the fifth out of five championship-qualifying tournaments held this year. Although Jake and Jace were already qualified for the championship event due to previous tournament placings, bringing home a win to end the regular season puts icing on the cake for them.
“It felt great, especially against a lot of people I know and work hard to beat,” said Jake, “It’s nice to compete and come home with a win.”
Jake was able to pre-fish the lake days before the tournament, and it paid off. Jake and Jace brought home first place with a total weight of 15.92 pounds.
“The fishing was great,” said Jake. “We fished a lot of grass because the bass were chasing bluegill and shad.”
The duo will fish the B.A.S.S. Nation State Tournament June 11-12 at Lake Seminole for the chance to clinch a spot at the National Championship, which will be held in August on Kentucky Lake.
“We just fished the best we could, like we know how and always do,” said Jace.
Jake plans on attending the University of West Georgia where he will continue his fishing career on their college team.
Approximately 70 high school teams from Georgia will compete in the tournament on Lake Seminole.
Founded in 2013, Georgia B.A.S.S. High School Nation strives to get youth anglers outdoors and develop character while enjoying the sport of fishing. For more information about the Georgia B.A.S.S. Nation, their tournament schedule and how to start B.A.S.S. club, visit www.gabnhs.com.