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Kennewick teen tops at Junior Bassmaster tourney

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Nov. 2, 2009 at 10:52 am with No Comments »
November 2, 2009 10:52 am

This is from Rich Landers of The Spokesman-Review. I thought the warmwater fishing crowd on this side of the mountains would be interested in reading it.

Jake Cook, 18, of Kennewick, out-fished six junior division champs from around the country on Saturday to win the 2009 Junior Bassmaster World Championship at Florida’s Lake Yale East.

Cook caught five largemouth totaling 13 pounds 1 ounce, nearly double
the poundage caught by his nearest competitor.

Cook, who fishes locally with the Tri-Cities River Runners, won
tournaments in Washington state and the Western Region to qualify for
the national event sponsored by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society.

The grand prize for the junior champ is anything but kid stuff: a $5,000
college scholarship plus a fully rigged Triton Bass Boat valued at
$9,000.

“I did something different than anybody else,” Cook said, recounting his
winning tactics. “I fished some deep water structure. We stuck it out
there most of the day throwing crankbaits. We lost some baits but got
down to where the fish were.”

Youngsters from Washington state have won the Junior Bassmasters
competition three times – more than any other state – since the event
debuted in 2003. Two of those wins were claimed by Joey Nania of Liberty
Lake.

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