CHARLESTON — For the second consecutive year, local youth Bo Hollen, age 10, and his Winfield partner Ari Clark, age 10, will advance to the national competition, after finishing first in the 2020 West Virginia B.A.S.S. Nation Junior State Championship on August 23.
Along with their championship title in the 7-14-year-old category, Hollen also captured the tournament “Lunker,” the biggest fish weighing in at 2.7 pounds out of all 10 teams. The pair fished a total 4.40 pounds combined, and Clark caught the first five fish in the competition.
The young teammates previously made it to the 2019 B.A.S.S. Nation Junior National Championship after winning the second-place title and earned ninth in the nation out of 62 teams last season.
The two will compete against approximately 70 teams from across the nation and Canada on October 19 and 20 at the Carroll County Thousand Acre Recreation Lake in Tennessee. The team would like to thank their local sponsors, family and friends for their support.
“They work very hard. Being just 10 years old, they have the focus of a pro. They don’t let the older kids bother them. They just go fishing and know what they need to do to come out on top,” said Bo’s father and Boat Captain, Dustin Hollen.
Hollen and Clark will compete in four additional tournaments across the state this year. If they receive the most points out of any other team at the tournaments, they’ll pre-qualify for next year’s nationals and secure their spot for the third year in a row. The upcoming tournaments will be held at the Monongahela River this weekend, Burnsville in two weeks, then Summersville and Ravenswood in October.