Thursday, June 12, 2008
Marshall County has a state fishing champion.
Garrett Riles of Potts Camp recently won first place in the 2008 Mississippi Bass Federation Junior Angler (11-13 age division) competition. He recently completed the seventh grade at Potts Camp School, and he won the state championship on his 13th birthday.
Riles, a member of the Mid-South Jr. Bass Club, took the title at Kemper County Lake May 23-24. He weighed in 7.7 pounds (two fish), including the Lunker Award with the big fish of the tournament at 5.05 pounds. He snagged the lunker on a green pumpkin Zoom lizard, Carolina-rigged.
Riles advances to the 2008 Forrest L. Wood Cup (National Guard Junior World Championship) August 15-16 in Columbia, S..C., where he will be seeking a world youth championship and college scholarship.
He will also receive a one-year sponsorship from Strike King Lure Company and a shopping trip from the Mid-South Jr. Bass Club’s primary sponsor, Bass Pro Shops.
Ty Jobe, 12, of Olive Branch, and Nathan Morlok, 11, of Hernando, also participated from the Mid-South.
Garrett Riles is the son of Gary and Diane Riles. He is the grandson of Edgar and Sue Wilkinson and John and Blanch Riles.
His dad, Gary, teamed with Brad Cooper, also of Potts Camp, to take runner-up recognition in the recent Champion Awards/Lady Tiger Tennis Bass Tournament at Sardis with 15.21 pounds.
“We wish Garrett the best of luck in August and a big salute to our championship competitors,” said Chris Morlock, Mid-South Jr. Bass Club president.
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