Shawano fishing duo wins open

First-place finish qualifies pair for national championship

Contributed photo Shawano Community High School duo Jacob Bigelow, left, and Harmon Marien won the 2018 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Mosquito Lake Open on Saturday.

The Shawano Community High School duo of Harmon Marien and Jacob Bigelow brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 11 ounces to win the 2018 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Mosquito Lake Open in Cortland, Ohio.

According to post-tournament reports, the duo battled through rainy and cold conditions and caught their fish targeting weed lines in bays with jigs.

A field of 28 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from Mosquito Lake State Park. In FLW/TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10 percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship. The body of water for the 2019 championship has yet to be revealed.

Marien, of Eagle River, and Bigelow, of Cecil, earned a spot in the 2019 national championship along with the Camp Hill High School (Pennsylvania) duo of Andrew and Casey Zulli, who caught five bass weighing 11 pounds, 4 ounces.

The national champions will receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest open high school bass tournament, the 2019 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. At the 2018 World Finals, more than $150,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.

Full schedules and the latest announcements are available at HighSchoolFishing.org and FLWFishing.com.