2017 High School All-American: Bryer Pennington

PRESCOTT, Ark. — New Bassmaster High School All-American presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods team member, Bryer Pennington is a junior at Prescott High School and has been the captain of his bass fishing team the past two years. This year, Pennington has had four tournament wins, six Top 5 finishes and six Top 20s to his name, including a Top 5 finish in the Arkansas B.A.S.S. High School Nation State tournament.

Pennington and his fishing partner finished the 2016 season in second place for Team of the Year with an Arkansas youth fishing trail.

“I have known Bryer his entire life, and he has done amazing things as a person and as a student,” wrote Robert Poole, Superintendent of the Prescott School District. “Bryer has been the founder of our high school fishing team that we started a couple of years ago. We would not have a flourishing and lasting fishing team if it weren’t for him.”

In addition, he visits a third-grade classroom to talk with students about fishing tournaments. He also is active in efforts to combat drug addiction and is a member of the Arkansas Stream Team, with which he practices conservation and aquatic life management at a local stream.

“Bryer recently wrote a grant through the Arkansas Game and Fish,” wrote Shannon Collier, Prescott High School English teacher. “The grant will benefit students in grades K-6. He will lead his team to teach elementary age students about fishing and promoting ‘Saying No to Drugs.’”


Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jesse Tacoronte partnered with Goebel to participate in a special Bassmaster High School All-American Bass Tournament held in conjunction with the 2017 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department event.

Through Tacoronte’s tackle company, Enigma Fishing, he sponsors the 162-member Osceola Anglers club.

“As soon as I heard about the High School All-American tournament, I said, ‘I’m in!’ If we don’t support them, we’re doing ourselves an injustice and we’re doing our youth an injustice,” he declared.

Read more about the Bassmaster High School All-American anglers on Bassmaster.com and look for their profiles in the September/October issue of Bassmaster magazine.

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