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Little Axe junior wins national bass fishing crown

by Ed Godfrey Published: November 3, 2013

Trevor Yates wishes his classes at Little Axe High School were as interesting as bass fishing.

“School, that's not interesting, but fishing, I can sit there and listen for hours,” Yates said.

The 17-year-old junior already has quite the acumen for the sport, as evidenced by his victory in the Junior World Bassmaster Championship on the Arkansas River in Dardanelle, Ark., last weekend

Yates defeated his closest junior competitor (ages 15 to 18) by 4 pounds, despite not finding any bass in the same areas where he had when pre-fishing the river two weeks earlier.

“He had to figure out a whole different pattern,” said his father, Todd Yates. “He is that savvy.”

When he couldn't get a bite around the laydowns in the small creeks and backwater areas of the river as before, Trevor started fishing the main part of the river.

“I ended up finding them on channel swings, up next to the chunk rock bank,” he said.

Using a black buzz bait and a new squarebill crankbait (Chartreuse Sunrise Shad) from Livingston Lures, Trevor's five-fish stringer weighed 12 pounds, 14 ounces. He caught his two biggest fish (a 4-pounder and 3½-pounder) shortly before the weigh-in.

With the victory, Trevor won a $5,000 college scholarship and a Triton/Mercury aluminum bass boat.

He now has earned almost $10,000 in scholarships just through bass fishing.

“I just want to get to a college that has a fishing team,” Yates said.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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