|Colby & Jacob winning the Oregon State Championship|
It all started back in April with the Oregon High School Bass Fishing Tournament. Colby Pearson and Jacob Wall teamed up to represent Southern Oregon, and brought the title home to our part of the state. They won the tournament by more than 2 pounds and qualified for the Western Regional held on Lake Saguaro in Arizona Saturday.
The high school tournament was held in conjunction with the college regional, however it was only 1 day instead of the 3 the college teams fished. The first two days of the college tournament experienced extremely tough fishing with only 3 limits being caught between 20 teams. However, Colby and Jacob remained optimistic about their chances.
Saturday proved to be tough as well, but the Oregon duo overcame the challenge. Most of the college teams had been finding the fish deep in 40-60ft of water. Colby and Jacob bucked the trend and decided to fish shallow. They were drop shotting in water 8-20ft deep, and were able to pull a 5 fish limit off a random bank.
|Jacob Wall & Colby Pearson holding their 1st place fish at the Western Regional|
Their 5 bass weighed in for a total of 14lbs, beating second place by 6 1/2 pounds. The dominating performance qualifies them for the National Championship Tournament being held this coming spring in Alabama. They will compete against 4 other teams for a $5000 scholarship to the college of their choice.
Here’s a look at just how dominating their performance was…
- They almost doubled the weight of second place in the high school tournament.
- Their 14lb bag was the second highest weighed in during the weekend of the college tournament.
- Their 1 day limit would have placed them 4th overall in the college tournament, despite not fishing the other 2 days.
And here’s a video of the entire weigh in if you missed it live…
Now hopefully their domination continues into the National Championship. Good luck Colby and Jacob in your quest, and bring it home to Oregon.