Marble Falls student-angler wins Texas Bass Federation championship

AZLE — Marble Falls High School junior Ben Stripling was crowned the 2012 Texas Bass Federation champion in the 15- to 18-year-old division June 16.

Stripling caught three fish with a total weight of 8.51 pounds. One weighed 5.64 pounds and was the largest bass of the day.


PHOTO 1: The Marble Falls Anglers Club includes Bryan Ellis (back row, left), Jake Meadows, James Coddington Jr., Austin Ellis, James Coddington Sr., Shilo Nelson, Hunter McNeese, Ben Stripling and Lyle Schmidt; Jojo Piatek (front row, left) and Lorna Ellis. Courtesy photos


PHOTO 2: Marble Falls High School junior Ben Stripling holds two of the three fish he caught during the Texas Bass Federation state championship tournament June 16. The largest one, weighing 5.64 pounds, was the largest bass of the day.


PHOTO 3: Marble Falls High School student Hunter McNeese shows a fish he caught while competing in the Texas Bass Federation championship June 16. He placed in the top eight at the event.


PHOTO 4: Marble Falls High School junior Shilo Nelson placed in the top eight at the Texas Bass Federation championship June 16.


Stripling’s volunteer boat captain, James Coddington of Weatherford, was a last-minute fill-in, sponsor Lorna Ellis said.

Marble Falls placed five anglers in the top eight at the event.

RESULTS: Ben Stripling 8.51 pounds; Trent Smith 5.36 pounds; Hunter McNeese 4.02 pounds; Shilo Nelson 3.68 pounds; Matthew Bowden 3.21 pounds; Austin Ellis 2.74 pounds; Corey Griffin 1.89 pounds; Lyle Schmidt 1.49 pounds

S.O.S: Boat captains are needed for the Student Angler Federation High School Fishing World Championship in July. For more, email email club sponsor Lorna Ellis at ellisbl@aol.com.

UP NEXT: Student Angler Federation High School Fishing World Championship, July 15-21 on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Ark. National Guard Junior World Championship on Lake Lanier, Ga., in August.

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