Jackson Paden and Joey Bissing win the 2017 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Illinois Open tournament on Lake Springfield. /Photo: Courtesy HSF
By PF News Staff
Springfield, IL.- Libertyville High School duo of Jackson Paden and Joey Bissing, both of Libertyville, Illinois, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 12 pounds, 10 ounces to win the 2017 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Illinois Open tournament on Lake Springfield.
The win advanced the team to the 2018 High School Fishing National championship, held June 26-30 on a fishery yet to be revealed.
According to post-tournament reports, the Libertyville High duo caught their fish targeting rock walls and channels near the power plant, fishing in 2 to 5 feet of water with a white spinnerbait and an unnamed crankbait.
A field of 20 teams competed in the no-entry fee, tournament which launched from Lindsay Bridge Boat Ramp in Springfield. In FLW/TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.
The top two teams on Lake Springfield that advanced to the 2018 High School Fishing National Championship were:
1st: Libertyville High School, Libertyville, Ill. â€“ Jackson Paden and Joey Bissing, both of Libertyville, Ill., five bass, 12-10.
2nd:Buffalo Grove High School, Buffalo Grove, Ill. â€“ Tyler Christy, Bolingbrook, Ill., and Tyler Lubbat, Wheeling, Ill., five bass, 12-9.
Rounding out the top 10 teams were:
3rd: Lindbergh High School, St. Louis, Mo. â€“ Grant Nisbet, St. Louis, Mo., and Trey Schroeder, Crestwood, Mo., five bass, 12-2.
4th: Plainfield North High School, Plainfield, Ill. â€“ Brennan Kania and Zack Kocovsky, both of Plainfield, Ill., five bass 11-2.
5th: Bismarck-Henning High School, Bismarck, Ill. â€“ Ty Coon and Clayton Hill, both of Bismarck, Ill., five bass, 11-0.