Colchester High School students Ben Seaman and Tate Hamblett teamed up and came in third place in the Bass Federation State High School Fishing Championship on June 30 on Lake Champlain near Shoreham, Vermont.
Ben and Tate caught their limit of five fish with their lunker bass weighing in at 3.75 pounds. After being weighed, all fish caught at the tournament, which were maintained in live wells, were released back into the lake. “Catch and release” is in keeping with the philosophy of the program and its mission of being good stewards of the lake and its ecosystem.
Ben also took third place in last year’s Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS) Federation Nation Eastern Division Championship on the Mystic and Charles rivers—which included competitors from as far away as Spain! (BASS is an international fishing organization with more than a half million members worldwide.) He has fished on a national level representing Vermont and on a regional level representing the high school, earning college scholarship funds as a result of his impressive angling skills.
On a similar note, CHS has a new fishing club currently consisting of twenty-one student members who began meeting officially in the spring of 2013. During meetings, the club members have discussed what they would like to learn as a club member, learned knot-tying techniques, and had a casting seminar.
Congratulations, Ben and Tate!
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