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Waunakee preps reel in state fishing title

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Colin Steck and Nathan Lorenz keep reeling in the titles.

The Waunakee duo brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday, weighing 13 pounds, 3 ounces, to win the 2016 TBF/FLW High School Fishing Wisconsin State Championship on the Minocqua Chain of Lakes.

The win earned the team trophies, the title of state champion and advanced the team to the High School Fishing Central Conference championship Sept. 23 and 24 on the Ohio River in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Seventeen teams competed in the tournament, which launched from launched from Beacons Lakefront Resort.

Steck and Lorenz won the Wisconsin title lst year before winning the Central regional in Illinois en route to a 10th-place showing in the national championship in Missouri.

This time around, the boys finished with five bass weighing 25 pounds, 6 ounces.

Hunter Schekler and Dylan Yeomans finished well back in second with five bass at 11-2. Third place went to Nate Farrell and Kiegan Redenius of Janesville Craig, who caught five fish that weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces.

The 2016 Wisconsin State High School Fishing Championship was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12. The top 10 percent from each TBF/FLW state championship field advance to a High School Fishing conference championship along with the top three teams from each of the seven TBF/FLW High School Fishing Opens held this season.

The top 10 percent of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, coinciding with the TBF National Championship and an FLW Tour stop in the spring of 2017.

The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest high school bass tournament, the 2016 High School Fishing World Finals. At the 2015 World Finals more than $20,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded. Visit http://www.HighSchoolFishing.org for details.

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