2012 Cabela's B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Western Divisional
Flaming Gorge - Green River, WY, May 30 - Jun 1, 2012

Washington, Montana teens win Western Junior Divisional

The day belonged to Nik Autrey and Tyler Evans

Nik Autrey and Tyler Evans
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Nik Autrey and Tyler Evans are the newest names on the 2012 Bassmaster Junior World Championship roster.

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GREEN RIVER, Wyo. — Nik Autrey and Tyler Evans are the newest names on the 2012 Bassmaster Junior World Championship roster. The pair out-fished their peers today on Wyoming’s Flaming Gorge during the Junior Bassmaster competition at the 2012 Cabela’s Bassmaster Federation Nation Western Divisional.

“I’m looking forward to the championship,” said Autrey, who represented the older division (ages 15 to 18) for the Washington B.A.S.S. Federation Nation. He took a risk this morning when he threw a fish back, holding out for a larger one while obeying the no-cull rule. It was a good decision. He brought in a limit of fish that weighed 11 pounds, 5 ounces today, including one bass that weighed 2-14.

Autrey caught three fish on beds and two on reaction baits. His closest competitor was Ethan Peterson of Idaho, whose limit weighed 10-5. Peterson’s sack included a good 3-pound, 5-ounce smallmouth.

Evans made his state of Montana proud with his 6-pound, 9-ounce limit that bested the competition by a single ounce. “I didn’t throw any back today,” said Evans. He caught his five fish with a clear jerkbait over rocks in 6 to 10 feet of water.

“I want to thank my dad for teaching me everything he knows,” said Evans on stage, obviously emotional. His father, Jay Evans, was one of the adult contenders for the Montana team, where he placed fourth.

Just behind Evans was Logan Branscum of Nevada, who brought in a limit that weighed 6-8. His biggest bass was a 1-10 that he caught on a Truly Ugly Canyon Plastics Gitzit Tube (light green with red flake) in 12 feet of water on an outside point.

Next week at the 2012 Cabela’s Bassmaster Federation Nation Central Divisional in Morgan City, La., two more youngsters will receive an invitation to the championship. Willem Lubbinge of South Africa and Luke Farmer of Florida qualified for the championship in March during the Southern Divisional.

The 2012 Bassmaster Junior World Championship will take place Oct. 25-27 in Decatur, Ala.


Ages 11-14

Rank Name State #Fish Lbs - Oz
1. Tyler Evans Montana 5 6-9
2. Logan Branscum Nevada 5 6-8
3. David Ashton Idaho 3 6-0
4. Tristan Decker Washington 5 5-12
5. Connor Burn Utah 2 5-2
6. Josh Villa Colorado 3 5-1
7. Julian Sosa-Carver New Mexico 3 3-6
8. Connar Wilkins Wyoming 2 2-8
9. Logan Meredith Washington 1 1-1
10. James Nobles III Arizona 0 0


Ages 15-18

Rank Name State #Fish Lbs - Oz
1. Nik Autrey Washington 5 11-5
2. Ethan Peterson Idaho 5 10-5
3. Jacob Wall Oregon 4 5-12
4. Tyler Garrison Montana 3 4-7
5. Seth Hausman Utah 2 4-3
6. Michael Harpell Colorado 2 3-12
7. Matthew Myers Nevada 1 1-8
8. Landon McKnight New Mexico 1 0-14
9. Taylor Tucker Wyoming 0 0
10. Garrett Dow Arizona 0 0