A local duo, and two childhood friends, have reeled in high school fishing’s top crown for Central High School.
Central High School students, Gerald Brumbaugh and Hunter Klotz, brought a three-bass limit to the scale weighing nine pounds, nine ounces to win the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship last week in South Carolina, according to Major League Fishing.
The championship was held on Lake Hartwell in Anderson last week.
Officials say the Central’s three-day total of nine bass totaling 28-13 gave them the win by a one-pound, 14-ounce margin.
Brumbaugh and Klotz won $10,000, berths as Strike King co-anglers in the Toyota Series Championship event and multiple scholarship offers from colleges with fishing teams.
“It was a grind today,” said Klotz. “We learned that when it gets tough, you don’t always need to change things up. You just keep grinding and grinding and grinding, because there isn’t one perfect thing you need to do.”
“I think a lot of people went in and beat the bank today,” added Brumbaugh. “But we learned to keep with it.”
A total of 259 high school teams competed for a share of the more than $3 million in scholarships and prizes in the National Championship and the High School Fishing World Finals tournaments, officials said.