PLATTSBURGH — With fishing season winding down, there are two local youths who are still reveling in their accomplishments over the season.
Dylan Baker, 13, from AuSable and Marshall Maynard, 18, of Plattsburgh competed in a local youth qualifying fishing tournament on June 17, on Lake Champlain. The tournament was put on by The Bass Federation (TFB) of New York.
The two youths won their age groups and advanced to the National Guard Junior World Championship that was held Aug. 10-11 on Lake Lanier, just outside of Atlanta. Baker and Maynard were the sole representatives from N.Y.
The tournament is held in conjunction with the FLW major championship held on the same lake and the youths fished one-on-one with professional anglers.
“There are 30,000 members worldwide,” NYTFB President Ben Wright said. “This is a pretty big deal for two kids from Plattsburgh making the cut, and they represented N.Y. well.”
The TFB put both boys up in a hotel and paid all expenses besides the cost of travel. Once they were there it was a whole different world of fishing compared to Lake Champlain.
“It was really hot and we were fishing in the dog days of summer,” Maynard said. “We were fishing for spotted bass, which act differently from our large and small mouth bass. We had to find a school of fish and fish them deep.”
Maynard was able to catch a 2 lb. 11oz. bass which qualified him for day two of the tournament. On day two he was not as lucky, but was still able to end the contest in 5th place out of around 98 participants. He received a $250 scholarship which he used towards books while attending Clinton Community College.
Maynard’s next step is to eventually buy a boat, so he can enter smaller tournaments as a boater. He is now too old to fish in TBF youth events. He also wants to acquire his captain’s license so he can start doing charter services on Lake Champlain like his father.