Astoria team reels in a title

Walt Postlewait/For The Daily Astorian Astoria's fishermen, Michael Postlewait, left, and Leo Matthews, during their last competition at The Dalles.

Astoria High School proved to have the best fishermen in the state May 12 at The Dalles, during the second and final leg of the Student Angler Federation’s Oregon State Bass Fishing Championship.

Leo Matthews and Michael Postlewait won the 2018 state championship by beating the 2017 champions, Thurston High School, in both legs.

“The fish were very active today,” Matthews said. “We had some big fish in the boat early and continued to catch fish all day.”

McMinnville High School won the day with a bag of five fish weighing 18.50 pounds, compared to Astoria’s 14.07 pounds. But with Astoria winning the first leg, and then placing second Saturday, Astoria had the points to bring the title to the school of the Fishermen.

“It’s awesome that we finished where we did,” Postlewait said. “Both tournaments we had a plan and they came through. Bass fishing is very technical, and takes a lot of work to find and catch fish. We’re just two guys that love to fish and it’s great that it’s finally going somewhere.”

With the win, the team qualifies for the 2018 SAF National Championship, held June 26-30 on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama.

SAF is the student-focused arm of The Bass Federation, which is partnered with Fishing League Worldwide. FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization. Each year, FLW offers anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money across the globe.

Matthews and Postlewait will begin defending their state championship July 28, when the 2018-19 State Championship Series kicks off its first of four legs at Silcoos Lake near Florence (Oregon).

The series is scheduled to conclude May 11, 2019 at Cascade Locks, with stops at Tenmile Lake and Celilo Pool (Columbia River above The Dalles dam) along the way.

For more information regarding the AHS bass fishing team email ahsbassfishingteam@gmail.com.

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