Kountze team sacks 23 lbs to win 4th SETX event

Jasper, Tx- After a gloomy early week forecast, Mother Nature once again cooperated with the young anglers of SETX and allowed 432 teams from 46 high schools to probe the waters of Big Sam in the 4th of 5 events on the Ford SETX HS Championship Trail presented by Skeeter Boats. "We have been pretty fortunate this spring to avoid the damaging storms that have pushed through our region in the past month to 6 weeks", said SETX President Clint Fountain, "our prayers and best wishes go out to those folks along the Sabine and the recently affected Houston area" continued Fountain.

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Big Win for Little Cypress

Jasper, Tx- 450 HS teams representing 46 high schools from Southeast Texas and beyond converged on Lake Sam Rayburn last Sunday to compete in the 3rd of 5 qualifying tournaments on the South Texas Ford Dealers High School Championship Series presented by Skeeter Boats. Mother Nature was in full show off mode as cool morning temperatures quickly gave way to warming sunshine and more importantly for the anglers, warming water temperatures.

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Huntington Team outlasts 470 HS Teams

Jasper, Tx- A relatively mild Winter in SE Texas gave way to a wintry mix early Saturday morning as 470 HS Teams were greeted with near freezing temperatures and and early morning showers. The weather may have slowed some of the teams up a bit, but by 6:30 am, most were ready to make that first cast of the day as the second of 5 qualifying tournaments began on the Ford SETX HS Tournament Trail presented by Skeeter Boats. SETX Tournament Director and Emcee John Salamone expected good numbers of fish to cross the stage in an interview on Friday night. "February is typically a month on Rayburn when you really start to see the fish start to get more predictable and with the surface temps in the mid 50's, these fish are getting ready to eat anything that moves. We really expect to see a lot of limits cross the stage tomorrow". Like John, SETX weighmaster Ray Beck has plenty of experience on Rayburn as well and he took it a step further and added, "we not only expect to see a lot of fish, but a lot of quality fish tomorrow. Big Sam is in great shape and the the mild winter already has some of the big females staging near prime spawn locations, we will see some big ones tomorrow".

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Buna HS Anglers take top 2 Spots in Season Opener

490 registered HS teams from as far as Rains HS to the north and Friendswood HS to the south collided on the Fall chilled waters of Sam Rayburn this past weekend to open up the the 2015-2016 Ford SETX HS Fishing Championship series presented by Skeeter boats. Setting attendance records has been nothing new for the SETX group since their start in 2013 and the season opener for 2015-2016 would prove no different. "We think this might be the single largest stringer tournament ever, HS or otherwise" said SETX President Clint Fountain of Kirbyville. "Our staff welcomes the challenge and with the tremendous amount of volunteer help, we really think we can pull this off" Fountain continued. When asked about the tremendous growth of the organization over the past few years, SETX Vice President Tom Selman of PNG replied simply, "We have provided a very unique opportunity for young kids be successful in something other than the usual school activities that have kids have been offered in the past, and they have obviously responded". SETX Treasurer Ted O'Dell from Buna attributes the groups success to a lot of hard work behind the scenes, great volunteer help, and something as simple as "good family time". "We have a lot of families who make this an entire weekend together, spend a couple nights at the lake and just get away as a family. There are not a lot of school activities that can offer that and we are proud to provide that opportunity in these people's lives" O'Dell concluded. With 490 teams competing, someone was bound to find the right combination for a winning stringer and at 6:30 am Saturday, after many chilly boat rides, that quest began as nearly 1000 anglers made their first casts into the rapidly cooling waters of Sam Rayburn. 

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