Over Mother’s Day Weekend, Jared deFremery, who just completed his sophomore year at Liberty High School, partnered with teammate Miles Kaneko to win the 2018 Bass Pro Shops Fishing League Worldwide High School Fishing Clear Lake Open while also earning the The Bass Federation/FLW California State Championship.
Representing the Delta Teen Team, deFremery and Kaneko finished first in the 72-team event in Clearlake, winning by nearly 2 pounds. Reaching the five-bass limit, deFremery and Kaneko weighed in at 19 pounds, 2 ounces. The second-place team came in at 17 pounds, 10 ounces.
“We weren’t really expecting to win it,” deFremery said. “We knew we had good fish going in the southern part of the lake. We happened to catch about three fish that were about 5 pounds each. We could see that a lot of people were struggling. When we had those three big bites, the wheels started turning.”
The win helped the pair qualify for both the 2018 High School Fishing National Championship and the 2018 High School Fishing World Finals.
Of course, while only two anglers are on the team, their success is far from a two-person effort. deFremery expressed appreciation for sponsors Frabill Fishing and Plano and other supporters.
“I want to send a thank-you Barry Sterud, who runs our club. He gets us to fish in these tournaments and handles our paperwork,” deFremery said.
The trip to the National/World Championships will be the second in as many years for this team. A year ago, it was not a trip that deFremery envisioned getting to make again, let alone only one year later.
“When we did this last year, I thought it was a once-in-a-lifetime deal,” deFremery said. “Getting to go again is kind of surreal.”
deFremery and Kaneko will leave for the National/World Championships on June 22. The event will take place from June 26 to 30 at Lake Pickwick in Florence, Alabama.