When Bryce Moder researched Lake Hartwell ahead of the Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors on Lake Hartwell, he thought he and partner Reece Keeney would be fishing strictly for spotted bass in deep water.
Little did he know it would be the duo’s Wisconsin roots that would carry them to victory.
With a three-day total of 43 pounds, 1 ounce, the Northeast Wisconsin Bass Club anglers claimed the prestigious title, with each angler earning a $2,500 scholarship in the process. After placing 14th on the first day with 13-5, the now high school graduates took over the lead on Day 2 with a 16-12 sack before landing 13-0 the final day.
“All the hours in the boat have paid off,” said Keeney, a member of the 2022 Bassmaster High School All-State Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. “I can’t thank my dad enough…