Last fall, 78 high school and college bass fishing teams from nine states attended the inaugural Quantum Next Generation High School & College Open at Grand Lake in northeastern Oklahoma.
This fall, the event will be back at Grand on Oct. 20-21 with the hope that the no-entry fee tournament will continue to grow.
More than $25,000 in prizes will be given-away, plus former Bassmaster Carhartt College Series champ-turned Elite Series pro Matt Lee will be there to greet anglers, and share both career advice and fishing tips with the young anglers.
Registration takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 20 at the Grove Civic Center. Free pizza, marine electronics seminars, and door prizes will be offered. Competition will take place on Sunday, Oct. 21 at Wolf Creek Park boat ramp in Grove.
“In five years of being around high school and college tournaments," Lee said, "I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a rich product pay-out in a No Entry Fee event, not to mention, it was really well attended and run in a first class way."
Last year, the high school duo of Landon Edwards and Dalton Greene of Springdale and Siloam Springs, Ark., respectively, weighed in 16.44 pounds to take the overall win. Most of their fish were caught on a squarebill crankbait from structure between boat docks.
The top finishing college team was Cameron Simmons and Dexter Flick of Oklahoma State with 12.97 pounds. All college anglers should note this event is eligible for Cabela’s School of the Year points.
Each winning team walked away with $5,000 worth of gear from Carhartt, Costa Eyewear, Garmin, Lowrance, Power-Pole, Quantum, Strike King, and Yamaha. Quantum gave away a total of $16,000 in product through random drawings.
To register for the tournament please visit Angler-Nation.com or call tournament director Joe Davis at (918) 831-6970.