Photo: FLW High School Fishing Open champions, Delta Teen Team, from Berkeley, Calif. Jared De Fremery (left) and Miles Kaneko (right)
Berkeley teen anglers, Miles Kaneko and partner Jared De Fremery, both 16-years-old, earned the win at the FLW High School Fishing Open this past Sunday, May 13 at Konocti Vista Casino on Clear Lake. The Delta Teen Team beat out their competitors with a five-fish limit of 19 pounds, 2 ounces.
The teamed target the south-end of the lake, focusing on docks and deeper grass.
“We mainly threw worms,” reported Kaneko. “My partner threw a wacky-rigged, weightless worm most of the day, while I was dropshotting pilings in 5- to 8-feet of water.”
Although they faced the challenge of wind in the morning and the typical Clear Lake algae bloom in the afternoon, Kaneko reported landing 20 keepers throughout the day.
“We got most of them from about 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.” added Kaneko. “Our kicker was a five-pounder.”
Their dropshot was rigged with a 6-inch Roboworm in Margarita Mutilator with a ¼-ounce, cylinder weight and a hook-to-weight leader that stretched 8-inches. Their weightless presentation was not disclosed.
Kaneko credited a good tungsten weight for his success with the dropshot.
“The Eco Pro Tungsten weight really helped me stay in contact with the bottom and feel the bites,” he explained. “The fish really wanted a still presentation. They did not want the bait to move.”
Kaneko, a junior and De Fremery, a sophomore, each earned a $1,500 scholarship for their effort and will advance to the 2018 High School Fishing National Championship at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. The event will be held June 26 – 30.
FLW reports the following results for the top-10 of the 72 team field, with the top-seven teams will advance to the 2018 High School Fishing National Championship:
1. Delta Teen Team – Miles Kaneko and Jared De Fremery, both of Berkeley, Calif., five-bass, 19-2
2. Lake County High School Fishing Team – Jason Gentle and Nathan Phillips, both of Kelseyville, Calif., five bass, 17-10
3. Phoenix High School Bassmasters – Derek Richards and Taj White, both of Glendale, Ariz., five bass, 16-10
4. California Student Angler Federation – Josh Poore and Brendan Holden, both of Clovis, Calif., five bass, 16-7
5. NorCal Junior Bass Club – Grant Toler and Garrett Frick, both of Redding, Calif., five bass, 16-3
6. Yuba City High School, Yuba City, Calif. – Alec Engelhardt, Yuba City, Calif., and Shawn Fields, Nevada City, Calif., five bass, 16-2
7. Pleasant Valley High School, Chico, Calif. – Conner Urling, Roseville, Calif., and James Hawkinson, Chico, Calif., five bass, 16-2
8. Vista Del Lago High School, Folsom, Calif. – Clark Demacabalin and Weston Kennedy, both of Folsom, Calif., five bass, 16-1
9. Alameda High School, Alameda, Calif. – Nicholas Velasquez and Joey Yang, both of Alameda, Calif., five bass, 15-13
10. Freedom High School, Oakley, Calif. – Tyler Hurney and Justin Hurney, both of Oakley, Calif., five bass, 15-13
Bottom Photo: Delta Teen Team of Kaneko and De Fremery pictured with Miles' dad Josh Kaneko and four of their five weigh fish from the even.