The West Side Angler Bass Fishing Team comprised of Tanner Fife and Tristen Cottrell brought a 14lb 10oz sack to the scales this weekend at the FLW/TBF High School Fishing State Championship on Lake Dardanelle to finish in 3rd place out of 92 teams qualifying them and the rest of the top 10% of teams from the tournament for the 2018 High School Fishing National Championship to compete for tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes held in conjunction with the World Finals on Lake Pickwick in Florence, Alabama June 26th-June 30th! Our Anglers would like to thank all of their sponsors and volunteers for all of the help and support!’s publication of the results of the Arkansas State High School Fishing Tournament on Lake Dardanelle featuring the West Side Angler team of Tanner Fife and Tristen Cottrell has put The West Side School District and the West Side Anglers on the map with national recognition!

Over 90 teams traveled to compete in the 2018 Arkansas High School State Championship on May 6 for the titles and the coveted spots in the 2018 National Championship.  Nine teams advance to the national contest held in conjunction with the High School Fishing World Finals, June 26-30 on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala.

Anglers were greeted with warm, spring temperatures.  Most anglers found fish shallow in around 3 feet of water and reported a solid bite.  Others even found success “sight fishing.”  Several different baits were used most popular were jigs, plastic creature baits and small square-bill crankbaits.  In total, 24 teams brought five bass limits to the scales.

Topping the field was the Curley Wolves Bass Team of Bryer Pennington and Jack Arnette. Pennington and Arnette had a limit of bass weighing 19 pounds 3 ounces.  They had all their fish within the first couple hours and hoped all day it was enough for the win.  Turns out it was and both walked away 2018 Arkansas High School State Champions.  Both will advance to the national event this summer.

Coming in second was team Gavin; that would be Gavin Webb and Gavin Pennington from the NWA Young Guns.  Team Gavin had a limit of bass weighing 15 pounds 1 ounce.

In third place was the Westside team of Tanner Fife & Tristen Cottrell with 14 pounds 10 ounces.  The NEA Youth Fishing team of Jay Morgan & Cade Gartman took fourth with 14 pounds 8 ounces.  Rounding out the top five were Johnathan Pipkins & Malachi Thornton with 14 pounds 7 ounces.

Big Bass honors went to Jay Morgan & Cade Gartman with a 5-01 pound beauty.  They received two fishing reels for the lunker of the day.