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Marble Falls fishing club crowns Angler of the Year

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

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Lyle Schmidt holds the fish that helped him capture Angler of the Year of the fishing club at Marble Falls High School during the club’s final event of the school year May 9. It weighed 8 pounds and 11 ounces and also was the tournament’s Big Bass. Courtesy photos

MARBLE FALLS — The fishing club at Marble Falls High School ended the 2014-15 school year by crowning Lyle Schmidt as the Angler of the Year after he won the last tournament of the season.

That event was May 9 on Lake Marble Falls.

Club organizer Craig Orton said eight fishermen were vying for the crown going into the tournament. Each angler earned points for their bags throughout the year. Schmidt entered the event with a two-point lead over the angler in second place.

“This award is extremely sought after, especially for the seniors,” Orton said.

The rules for this tournament include:

• each high school angler competes as an individual. Typically, each boat has a two-person team plus the captain.

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Chris Hooten shows the fish he caught that weighed 11 pounds and 13 ounces, which allowed him to finish second at the final tournament this school year.

• weigh-ins are limited to three total fish per angler.

Schmidt changed his routine for this tournament, Orton said. Instead of heading back out for 30 more minutes of fishing as organizers were getting ready at 1:30 p.m. for a 2 p.m. weigh-in, the youngster asked coordinators to immediately weigh his fish.

“He was a little anxious and excited to say the least,” Orton said.

His first fish weighed 8 pounds and 11 ounces for a total weight of 15 pounds 1 ounce.

“This is an excellent bag for a five-fish tournament, but this was a three-fish tournament, which made the results even more impressive,” Orton said

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Colby Orton holds the three fish weighing 11 pounds and 11 ounces that allowed him to claim third place at the final tournament of the school year.

Five other fishermen had weight totals that were more than 11 pounds, which usually is enough for first place, Orton said.

“ These kids are all friends,” he said, “and though they each want to win every tournament, regardless of who wins, they always do a fantastic job supporting each other.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com

TOURNAMENT RESULTS: 1, Lyle Schmidt, 15 pounds and 1 ounce;  2, Chris Hooten, 11 pounds and 13 ounces; 3, Colby Orton, 11 pounds and 11 ounces. BIG BASS – Lyle Schmidt, 8 pounds 11 ounces

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