Juniors: Hartley’s Hawgs take Championship – B.A.S.S
Aug 8th, 2019 by Keith Worrall 254
Modified Aug 8th, 2019 at 10:17 AM
Juniors: Hartley’s Hawgs take Championship
by Andrew Canulette
HUNTINGDON, Tenn. – Mike Abbott and Braden McNamara were the second-best junior team in Ohio this year, but they were the best in the Bassmaster Junior Championship which concluded here on Wednesday.
Abbott and McNamara caught a two-day total of ten bass that weighed 20 pounds, 3 ounces on Carroll County (Tenn.) 1,000 Acre Recreation Lake. That was nine ounces more than North Carolina’s Hunter Alexander and Hayden Hammond, who had the lead after Day 1 and finished second overall with 19-10.
Abbott and McNamara both are 14 and will start high school in a few weeks. They are members of Hartley’s Hawgs, the team sponsored by longtime pro and Ohio resident Charlie Hartley.
It was the third time Abbott qualified for the junior championship and the second for McNamara. They hadn’t fished together at nationals previously, but they earned another entry after teaming for a runner-up finish in the Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship.