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Bullard High School Wins TBF/FLW High School Fishing Texas State Championsip


Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at:

The Bullard High School duo of Will Carlile and Zachary Hastings, both of Flint, Texas, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 12 pounds, 15 ounces to win the 2018 TBF/FLW High School Fishing Texas State Championship on Lake Palestine.

A field of 31 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from Village Marina in Flint. In FLW/TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.

The top three teams on Lake Palestine that advanced to the 2018 High School Fishing National Championship were:

1st: Bullard High School, Bullard, Texas – Will Carlile and Zachary Hastings, both of Flint, Texas, five bass, 12-15
2nd: Marble Falls High School, Marble Falls, Texas – Craig Dodson and Kaleb Smith, both of Marble Falls, Texas, five bass, 12-12
3rd: Brock High School, Weatherford, Texas – Chance Burton and Tyler Bouyer, both of Weatherford, Texas, five bass, 11-3
4th: Team Tightlines – Logan Drake, Belton, Texas, and Colton Zahn, Temple, Texas, five bass, 10-0
5th: Cedar Hill High School, Evans, Ga. – Hunter Benner and Brandon Benner, both of Cedar Hill, Texas, four bass, 9-10
6th: Kaufman High School, Kaufman, Texas – Gavin Thompson, Kemp, Texas, and Michael Andrus, Kaufman, Texas, four bass, 9-2
7th: Bullard High School, Bullard, Texas – Colby Fergeson Bullard, Texas, three bass, 6-13
8th: Atlanta High School, Atlanta, Texas – Dalton Johnson, Atlanta, Texas, and Nathan Johnson, Queen City, Texas, four bass, 6-9
9th: Jasper High School, Jasper, Texas. – Hunter Martindale and Kaleb Barnett, both of Jasper, Texas, two bass, 6-8
10th: Lake Travis Bass Club – Colton Etheridge and Titus Hall, both of Austin, Texas, three bass, 6-1


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