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Malad wins back to back Wyoming State Championships at Flaming Gorge

Jun 12, 2024 10:37AM ● By Tim Rawlings, Wyoming Bass Nation President

The Malad Bass Fishing Team continues its winning ways at the Flaming Gorge tournament.

The tournament was June 1 on Flaming Gorge. There were nine different schools competing, and Malad won the WYOMING state championship, turning them into back to back state champions. This year the team will also be heading to Lake Chickamauga in Tennessee, and we are doing a fundraiser. We ask everyone to please help us support it. 

During pre-fish at Flaming Gorge, we found that the fish were starting to come up shallow because it was time for the spawn.  We landed on the right fish at the exactly right time, winning the tournament with 23.76 pounds--that’s almost 5 pounds per smallmouth! 

The water temperature in the morning was 53° by the end of the day it was 61. 

Winning this year was Ryelur Jensen and Holden Higley, and coming in fifth place for Malad high school as well were Tag Petersen and Braun Nalder. It was a very exciting tournament. The have boys practiced since January how to flip with Holden Higley. This was his first year to ever use a bait caster. He holds the school record for nine times in the tunafish can in 60 seconds.  Holden was able to master this technique along with Ryelur, and they used it to end up winning the tournament. Here are the other schools that were involved.

Wyoming High School
Tournament Team Weights:

1 23.76 Malad Team 1

2. 18.55 Jackson Girls

3. 18.54 Mountain View

4. 18.20 Star Valley

5. 16.12 Malad Team 2

6. 16.00 Evanston

7. 14.28 Jackson Boys

8. 6.12 Lyman

Flaming Gorge Tournament

Malad Team 1 4.96 Big Bass

We are going to Lake Chickamauga in Dayton Tennessee to Fish for the national championship, where the top 20 will win full rides scholarships to college. Please help support our local boys get a full ride scholarship on their trip to Tennessee.

We will raffle until July 20 and I am the contact. We will announce it live on my Facebook page on July 21. You do not have to be present to win. We need to raise 5,000 dollars to go.  We are raffling two cornhole boards and bags.  Tickets are 5 dollars each or 5 for 20.  You can also donate to the Venmo Code @Tim-Rawlings-07.

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