Angler heads to Western Regionals

Frankie Mueller

Frankie Mueller

When it comes to fishing for bass, 17-year-old Frankie Mueller of Kingman is one of those passionate anglers who spends a lot of time on the water.

Mueller has been fishing for a long time and is part of the Mohave Juniors Bass Club, a club dedicated to young anglers who want to learn all about the sport of bass fishing.

Recently, Mueller participated in the The Bass Federation's Student Angler Federation team tournament at Lake Havasu.

This was a pick-your-own partner event and Muller decided to partner up with a young man he had fished with when he was a member of a Phoenix-based bass fishing club.

His partner was 14-year-old Shane Edgar, who like Mueller is really into the sport of bass fishing.

There were 11 teams participating in the half-day event.

The plan was simple - Edgar would throw a top water lure while Mueller would fish behind him with a jig.

This is a good plan, as many times a fish will strike at the top water lure, but miss it. If another angler puts a jog on other bait near that same spot, a bass will attack that lure.

The strategy paid off and Edgar got a huge largemouth on a top water lure. That bass weighed 5.2 pounds and was big bass of the tournament.

The team got 17 fish before the tournament ended, with Mueller picking up a pair of three-pound smallmouth, which helped the team check in five bass that weighed 14.7 pounds.

The win means that Mueller/Edgar are now qualified to fish in the Western Regional Championship in October.

The winning team will move on to the National Championship on Lake Dardanelle near Russellville, Ark.

Winners there receive a $10,000 scholarship.

This weekend, the Mohave Juniors Bass Club will be sending six anglers to Lake Pleasant for the Arizona Bass Federation's junior's state championship.

It's a winner-take-all tournament, and the winner of each age group heads to Shreveport, La., to fish on the Red River for a shot at the national title.

That event takes place in August.

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