COOS BAY — Astoria High School’s bass fishing team of Michael Postlewait and Leo Matthews finished third recently in the high school bass fishing tournament on Tenmile Lake, north of Coos Bay.

Teams from Thurston and Banks, newcomers to the 2018-19 championship competition, finished first and second, respectively, with five fish bag weights of 11.21 and 10.38 pounds.

Westview, winner of the previous tournament on Siltcoos Lake, was fourth.

“We got off to a good start,” Postlewait said. “We hadn’t fished this lake before, but we designed a plan based on what we saw and researched. We were pretty excited with a couple early fish in the boat.”

Astoria caught six fish on the day but only weighed four.

“We had two good fish early and then caught two really small fish,” he said. “We culled them without a full box, thinking we were going to catch a lot of fish on the day. But the wind kicked up and the conditions changed. It got a lot harder to catch fish. It made our margin over Westview pretty thin, but in the end it didn’t hurt us.”

Matthews said, “Our next two events in the spring will be on the Columbia (River), and we have had good luck with smallies (smallmouth bass). Last year our best tournament was out of The Dalles,” where the team secured the 2018 state championship.

“We will need to finish really strong to repeat this year,” Matthews said. “But for Michael and I, that’s the goal. Back to back state championships.”

Bobby Brown of All Star Bass Fishing took the Astoria team out after their boat experienced mechanical problems earlier in the week.

This is the second season Astoria has fielded a team to compete in statewide championship series hosted by The Bass Federation of Oregon.

There will be a total of four events in the 2018-19 season, with the next tournament held on Celilo Pool on the Columbia River April 13. The season concludes May 11 at Cascade Locks.

For more information about the AHS bass fishing team or high school bass fishing, email ahsbassfishingteam@gmail.com

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