83°F
weather icon Clear

Local fishermen fare well at bass tourney

A duo from Boulder City High School took the top prize at a recent fishing tournament on Lake Mead.

Freshman Izec Easter and Sophomore Corey Williams won first place in the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Open competition Sunday, March 4, for their three-bass haul. As first-place finishers, Easter and Williams will participate in the national tournament June 19 in Alabama.

Easter has been fishing with this dad since he was little, but this competition was his first.

“I met Corey, and he’s a big tournament kid,” he said. “He asked me if I wanted to compete with him. … I think this is going to be my first step toward my tournament career.”

This year is Williams’ third participating in tournaments. He has been fishing since he was young, competing at state and national levels. He’s also been named Nevada’s junior champion several times.

“My goal is to become a professional bass fisherman, so starting in high school is very good,” he said.

Williams said he was looking for someone to compete with and knew Easter had experience fishing with his dad.

“I figured between the three of us we could figure something out, and now we’re going to nationals,” he said.

The object of the tournament is for each duo to catch bass within a certain time period. They can then submit their five biggest at the weigh in, and the heaviest haul wins.

Easter and Williams caught three fish, weighing a total of 5 pounds, 8 ounces.

“When Corey caught the first two fish, it got my heart pumping,” Easter said.

The second- and third-place teams caught one bass each, weighing 2 pounds 11 ounces and 1 pound 11 ounces, respectively.

“The best part is getting back to the weigh in and seeing what everyone else got and how you did,” said Williams.

The no-entry fee tournament was hosted by the City of Henderson Department of Cultural Arts and Tourism and five high school teams participated.

Easter and Williams have also started Boulder City Bass Club, a local club devoted to fishing. Additionally, they play football and baseball at the high school.

Boulder City was also well-represented in the college and professional portions of the tournament.

Pro angler Tim Klinger of Boulder City placed first in the Costa FLW Series at Lake Mead with a three-day total of 13 bass weighing 34 pounds, 12 ounces, winning $32,778.

Klinger also brought the second-largest stringer of the entire tournament to the scale Saturday, March 2, – a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 4 ounces.

“The key for me this week was my confidence in my flipping,” said Klinger, who pushed his career earnings over the $600,000 mark in FLW competition. “I was born and raised on this lake, and I’m very comfortable fishing here.

“I caught a couple of smallmouth throughout the week, but all 13 of my keepers that made it to the scale were largemouth,” he added.

Gunnar Stanton of Boulder City and Levi Wittrock of Scottsdale, Arizona, placed third in the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Lake Mead. They were representing Northern Arizona University and caught five bass weighing 9 pounds total. The received a $700 prize.

Contact reporter Celia Shortt Goodyear at cgoodyear@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9401. Follow her on Twitter @csgoodyear.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Davidson celebrates 100th birthday at senior center

With childlike incredulity, Gwen Davidson was surprised over and over Friday afternoon as friends at the Senior Center of Boulder City stopped by to wish her a happy 100th birthday.

Water safety focus of worldwide swimming lesson

If there is one thing that Cheree Brennan is passionate about, it’s making sure everyone is safe “in, around and on the water.”

Toddler helps raise cultural awareness

With his dancing blue eyes and impish grin, it’s easy to see why Braxton Ott caught the attention of others.

Meals on wheels: More food trucks hitting streets as entrepreneurs see new chances

The school bus parked outside of some Henderson breweries four days a week is no ordinary bus. Walk a bit closer, and onlookers will find an open window, with arms reaching out to hand slices of Detroit-style pizza to eager customers.

Free training bolsters microbusinesses

The Boulder City Chamber of Commerce has been invited by Workforce Connections to be involved in its latest partnership in bringing Venture Forward by GoDaddy to Southern Nevada to implement world-class training for local microbusinesses at no cost to them. This will be just one more addition to the no-cost resources that are already offered here in Southern Nevada by Workforce Connections and their partners. Microbusinesses have a proven positive economic impact in a community and need this type of assistance to be an asset to the business environment.

Fishers angle for best spot

Anglers covered the shorelines at Veterans’ Memorial Park on Saturday, June 11, as Boulder City hosted the Southern Nevada free fishing day event.

Nevada’s Yesteryear: Rabbit hunt captured Fremont’s attention

Capt. John C. Fremont, U.S. Army, traversed Nevada at various times in his explorations of the West in 1844-1845. He and his party were prepared for surprises and had seen many strange sights.