Lake Erie produces big trophy haul

High school top finishers were, from left, Tom Shasteen (East Palestine), Mark Emmerling (Beaver Local), Cami Beaver (Beaver Local),Clayton Gourley (career center), Hunter Edwards (Malvern) and Aidan Pilarcik (Beaver Local).

Students from several local school districts participated in the May 26 smallmouth bass fishing tournament hosted by the Student Fishing League on Lake Erie off Ashtabula.

Finishing first in the high school division was Mark Emmerling from Beaver Local, who caught three smallmouth bass weighing a combined 13.1 pounds. Emmerling also caught the single-largest smallmouth bass at 5.4 pounds.

In other junior high division, Blake Mann of Beaver Local finished first, with three fish weighing a combined 13.3 pounds. Mann also caught the largest fish, which weighed 5 pounds.


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