Marble Falls student-anglers reel in top spots at LBJ tourney

FROM STAFF REPORTS

GRANITE SHOALS — Members of the Marble Falls High School fishing club dominated the Winter Open on Lake LBJ on Feb. 16.

PHOTO 1: Marble Falls High School fishing club members Shilo Nelson (left), with his little brother, Wyatt, and Hunter McNeese hold the five fish the older boys caught to win first place at the Winter Open on Lake LBJ on Feb. 16. The total weight of the fish was 13 pounds and 11.5 ounces. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls High School fishing clubPHOTO 2: Marble Falls High School fishing club members Hunter Delz (left) and Lyle Schmidt show the three fish totaling 7 pounds they caught for third place. Courtesy photo

Four club teams finished in the top five in the tournament standings with competitors from Leander Rouse, Austin Hyde Park, Lake Travis and Florence high schools.

The tournament was a two-angler team event and drew 28 boats on a sunny day with the temperature reaching 60 degrees.

Club members are in need of boat captains for the 2013 Student Angler Federation Texas High School Fishing State Championship on Lake LBJ on March 15-17. The Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event. To be a boat captain for the event, email club sponsor Lorna Ellis at ellisbl@aol.com.

RESULTS: 1, Shilo Nelseon and Hunter McNeese, 5 fish weighing 13 pounds and 11.5 ounces; 3, Lyle Schmidt and Hunter Delz, 3 fish weighing 7 pounds; 4, Austin Ellis and Ben Stripling, 5 fish weighing 6 pounds and 11 ounces; 5, Jordan Breaux and Joshua Dickinson, 2 fish weighing 5 pounds 14 ounces

QUOTABLE: “It proved to be a challenging day for some of our visiting teams, but they all enjoyed the glorious weather and the chance to spend time on LBJ,” Ellis said.

UP NEXT: 2013 Student Angler Federation Texas High School Fishing State Championship on Lake LBJ in Horseshoe Bay on March 15-17

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