MARBLE FALLS — The high school fishing club located at Marble Falls honored the top student anglers recently.
Austin Ellis was the Angler of the Year, while Hunter McNeese was the runner-up. Ellis received a $100 gift certificate and McNeese was awarded a $50 gift certificate, both from Pat Pucik, owner of Rods, Barrels and Strings in downtown Marble Falls and also one of the clubs sponsors.
PHOTO: Student anglers Austin Ellis (left) and Hunter McNeese (right) receive gift certificates from Pat Pucik, owner of Rods, Barrels and Strings for being the top two anglers of the high school fishing club at Marble Falls for 2012. Courtesy photo
“Pat has been very supportive of the high school fishing team and has also donated many prizes during the year for tournament give aways,” said parent coordinator Lorna Ellis.
Austin Ellis said he was surprised by being named the club’s top angler.
“I wanted to finish this off on a good note,” he said. “I was humbled by it. I didn’t really shoot for angler of the year. I just wanted to have a good consistent year this year.”
Ellis won at least two tournaments this year and caught at least one fish at each event.
The two anglers are joined by 41 other high school student anglers on the 2012-13 team for Marble Falls.
The club was very busy last fall with numerous tournaments on Lake LBJ, Inks, Marble Falls and Lake Austin.
Nick O’Connor currently sits atop the leader board for Angler of the Year for the 2012-13 school year with a very tight bunch of young men in the top 6, Lorna Ellis said.
“It is very clear that 2013 is going to be a banner year for the fishing team,” she said.
The next tournament is Jan. 19 at either Lake Marble Falls or Lake LBJ.