High school anglers headed to Smith Lake

By RON HARRIS, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 5/2/18

More than 200 boats made up of 42 high school fishing teams from across the state will be on Lewis Smith Lake this weekend for the Alabama Student Angler Bass Fishing Association’s state championship tournament.

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High school anglers headed to Smith Lake

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More than 200 boats made up of 42 high school fishing teams from across the state will be on Lewis Smith Lake this weekend for the Alabama Student Angler Bass Fishing Association’s state championship tournament.

The ASABFA’s ‘Classic’ will be held Friday and Saturday, with 203 boats launching at the Smith Lake dam around 6:30 a.m. each day. Weigh-ins are scheduled to be held at 2 p.m. at the dam.

When it came to choosing a lake and host city for the organization’s championship tournament, it was pretty simple.

“Of all the places we go, the people there know how to do things as well as anybody. They do a tremendous job with the facilities there, and the volunteers are just top-notch,” Barry Corbman, president of the Alabama Student Angler Bass Fishing Association, said by phone Tuesday night. “It’s a great place to go.”

Corbman said Smith Lake was the perfect lake to host such an important tournament.

“We always enjoy going to Smith Lake,” he said. “It’s a different lake than some of the others that we’re used to fishing. It’s very clear, very deep, where most of the other lakes we fish are more shallow water. It presents some challenges to us, and we certainly enjoy going there. It’s just a beautiful body of water.”

Locally, Oakman, Corner and Addison high schools will be competing against teams from across the state. Each school is allowed up to five boats with two-man teams in each boat. An adult is required to be in each boat with the students.

Last year’s Classic champion, Phil Campbell, is among the 42 schools that will be competing this year. Phil Campbell currently sits in fourth place in the ASABFA’s points system behind Hartselle, Alexandria and Good Hope high schools. Corner is currently in 11th place, Addison is in 33rd place and Oakman in 35th place.

Forty-two of the 71 high schools that compete in the ASABFA qualified for the tournament.

The ASABFA competes in six tournaments at lakes across the state, including Jordan Lake in Elmore County, Neely Henry in Gadsden, Lake Eufaula, Lake Martin near Alexander City, Lake Wheeler, and Pickwick Lake near Florence.

The Chamber of Commerce of Walker County is hosting this weekend’s tournament. Chamber president Linda Lewis said the tournament will not only bring in the anglers but also family members who travel to see their sons and daughters compete.

The tournament comes on the heels of last weekend’s FLW Tour event that saw 182 boats compete with pro and amateur anglers from across the country. “This tournament will actually have more boats,” Lewis said. “We’re really excited about having them here.”