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California, Kentucky Youths Win First Junior Bassmaster World Championship

Posted: 7/27/2004

Saturday, July 31st - "Just when 15 year old Sean Alarid and 13 year old Bradley Roy thought all of the accolades and applause for their Jr Bassmaster World Championship victories were through, Earl Bentz (president and founder of Triton Boat Company) and Pat Mackey (president of Mercury Marine) joined them on stage to award each of them with one more whopper of a prize...both young men were given a brand new 15' Triton aluminum fishing boat with a 15 hp Mercury engine, Motorguide trolling motor and Lowrance depth finder. The two boat packages were a complete surprise to everyone, except a handful of Triton, Mercury, Lowrance, MotorGuide and BASS officials. The winners, their families, and the crowd erupted with joy, as the two first-ever Jr Bassmaster World Champions took a victory lap around the Charlotte Coliseum in their new Triton/Mercury/Lowrance/MotorGuide rigs."

Sean Alarid and Bradley Roy released their bass back into Lake
Norman Monday, but ended up with something that lasts forever. The two young
anglers became the first Junior Bassmaster World Champions.

Alarid, 15, of Oakley, Calif., bested 35 anglers in the 15-17 age division with
a single-day catch of 6 pounds, 3 ounces, while Roy, 13, of Lancaster, Ky.,
brought in 3 pounds, 15 ounces to win the 11-14 age division.

Both boys didn't just look like professional anglers in their colorful, pressed
tournament jerseys; they acted and sounded like the heroes of the sport with
whom they spent Sunday and Monday.

"It's different from the (California) Delta," said Alarid, who has been fishing
tournaments on Sacramento's sprawling, bass-laden fishery with his father,
Steve, since he was 6 or 7 years old. "Here, you have to work. At the Delta,
you just have to pitch back in pockets."

Alarid caught two bass - one a 3-15 bruiser that earned his age division's
$1,000 Purolator Big Bass of the Tournament prize - drop-shotting a RoboWorm
into brush after he noticed its success during Sunday's practice round. The
other Purolator Big Bass Award went to Ben Cayer of Bethel, Vt., who brought in
a 3-4 lunker that was the largest fish in the 11-14 division.

Young anglers qualify for the world championship through a rigorous series of
tournaments at the local and state or province level. The 66 qualifiers are
winnowed from the anglers in 141 Junior BASS Clubs in the United States and
Canada. For Roy and Alarid, the big field made victory even sweeter.

"It's very exciting to me," said Roy, who won't be eligible to fish adult BASS
events for three years but has managed to attract seven sponsors. "It's kind of
unbelievable. It hasn't sunk in yet."

Roy got a taste of success during Sunday's practice when he and his boat mates
finished third in a bragging rights tournament. Roy's teammates included Curtis
Hoat of Forest, Ohio, and professional angler Chad Brauer of Camdenton, Mo., who
is competing in next weekend's CITGO Bassmaster Classic.

In fact, Roy is used to success. In addition to the tournaments that he won on
his march to the Junior Bassmaster World Championship, he has competed in local
tournaments with his father since age 7. Although he's hung around with anglers
all his life, he admitted the quality of competition in Charlotte was a

"It's was a little different because they're all at the same level I am," he
said. "It's a lot more competitive."

Although both boys said that time with other young anglers was a major highlight
of the event, they each lit up when talking about getting to meet and spend days
fishing with the pros they have watched on "The CITGO Bassmasters" on ESPN2.

"I just look up to these people," Alarid said. "All these guys qualified for
the Classic and that's what I want to do."

He said Mike McClelland, who fished with Alarid on Sunday and served as
non-fishing "boat captain" on Monday, gave him some useful tips on Sunday,
including which bait colors work best under the overcast North Carolina skies.

"Sean didn't need a lot of direction," McClelland said. "He's an unbelievable

McClelland wore an ear-to-ear grin as Alarid accepted an oversized check for a
$5,000 scholarship.

"It's very encouraging to see that someone has stepped in to do something to get
kids involved," he said. "It got me started thinking back about my childhood.
Kids today are so much more educated about fishing than I was at their age. Back
then, the pros didn't want to give up their secrets, they didn't always tell you
what they were doing. It's neat that we're finally educating the next generation
of anglers."

Roy and Alarid each won a $5,000 scholarship. Roy plans to put his to use
toward a degree in "architecture, or maybe marine biology."

"I don't know what I'm going to do (in school)," Alarid said, adding out that
his major career plan is to become a pro angler. "But I'm going to go to

Other competitors also earned scholarship money. In the 11-14 age group, Ben
Cayer of Bethel, Vt. won a $2,000 scholarship; Kyle Heels of Barrie, Ontario,
Canada earned $1,500 for third; J.C. Christopher II won $1,000 for fourth; and
Derek Kuntz of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., earned $500 for fifth.

Due to a scoring error that was later corrected, six anglers in the 15-17 age
division earned scholarships. Jeremy Lins of Madison, Wis., whose catch was
corrected from 3-9 to 5-14, earned $2,000 for second place. While the next four
anglers all caught the same weight - 3 pounds, 11 ounces - BASS rules break ties
first by number of fish caught, then by biggest bass caught. As a result, Mike
Roselle of La Plata, Md., whose big bass was 2-3, earned $2,000, donated by
Mercury after judges initially announced that he finished in second and then
corrected the error in Lins' score. Blake Stewart of Derby, Kansas, earned a
$1,500 scholarship after his big bass weighed in at 2-2; Robert Arasmith of
Rome, Ga., earned $1,000 for his 1-15 big bass; and Jonathan Puhalski II of
Winstead, Conn., earned $500 for his single, 3-11 bass.

BASS is the world's largest fishing organization, sanctioning more than 20,000
tournaments worldwide through its Federation. The CITGO Bassmaster Tournament
Trail, which includes the all-new Bassmaster Elite 50 series, is the oldest and
most prestigious pro bass fishing tournament circuit and continues to set the
standard for credibility, professionalism and sportsmanship as it has since

Sponsors of the Junior Bassmaster World Championship include CITGO Petroleum
Corp., Purolator, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Lowrance
Electronics, Flowmaster Exhaust Systems, MotorGuide, Bass Pro Shops, and

Local Sponsors include the Charlotte Regional Sports Commission, Visit
Charlotte, the Auditorium-Coliseum-Convention Center Authority, the Rock Hill
Sports and Tourism Council and Time Warner Cable.

For more information, call BASS Communications at (334) 551-2375 or visit

Lake Norman - Charlotte, NC

FINAL STANDINGS (11-14 Division)

Today's Activity Accumulative
Name City, State # Fish Lbs - Oz
1 Bradley Roy LANCASTER, KY 3 3-15
2 Ben Cayer BETHEL, VT 1
3- 4
3 Kyle Heels BARRIE, ON 2
3- 1
4 J.C. Christopher II CLARKSBURG, WV 2 2-14
5 Derek Kuntz INVER GROVE 1 1-14
6 Jacob Wheeler INDIANAPOLIS, IN 1 1- 5
7 Benjamin Galbreath BRADFORD, PA 1 1- 4
7 Kyle Jackson MILFORD, DE 1 1- 4
7 Maddie Smith VIDOR, TX 1 1- 4
10 Katherine Touzinsky WESTERVILLE, OH 1 1- 3
10 Logan Pearson GAYLESVILLE, AL 1 1- 3
12 Wells Kaiser CUBA CITY, WI 1 1- 2
13 Sean Banzhof MILLERSVILLE, PA 0 0- 0
13 Wayne "Butters" C. CHESAPEAKE, VA 0 0- 0
13 Ross W. Burns COLUMBIA, SC 0 0- 0
13 Dylan W. Sharpton OKLAHOMA CITY, 0 0- 0
13 Dannie De Armon LEE'S SUMMIT, MO 0
0- 0
13 Curtis Enz OGDEN, UT 0
0- 0
13 Ronnie Sanders III THORNTON, CO 0 0- 0
13 Kevin White IRON CITY, TN 0 0- 0
13 Kiefer Waltman WICHITA, KS 0 0- 0
13 Phillip Michels NAMPA, ID 0
0- 0
13 Michael Richardson PULASKI, VA 0 0- 0
13 Christopher Baksay MONROE, CT 0 0- 0
13 Kyle Pollay WICKENBURG, AZ 0 0- 0
13 Skyler W. Strope ORCHARD, NE 0
0- 0
13 Laura F. Johnson SHARPSBURG, MD 0 0- 0
13 Tyler A. Lock CONYERS, GA 0 0- 0
13 Monika M. Mc Carrick CAMERON, NC 0 0- 0
13 Cody W. Harris GRAND BLANC, MI 0 0- 0

Ben Cayer BETHEL, VT 1

FINAL STANDINGS (15-17 Division)

Name City, State # Fish Lbs - Oz
1 Sean Alarid OAKLEY, CA 2 6- 3
2 Jeremy Lins MADISON, WI 2 5-14
3 Robert Arasmith ROME, GA 2
3 Mike Roselle LA PLATA, MD 2 3-11
3 Blake Stewart DERBY, KS 2 3-11
3 Jonathan Puhalski II WINSTED, CT 1 3-11
7 Shea W. Lindale MILFORD, DE 2 3- 6
8 Eddie C. Marcellino Jr. LOUISVILLE, KY 1 3- 5
9 Curtis W. Hoag FOREST, OH 1 2-12
10 Nick Kelly BROWNSVILLE, TN 1 2-11
11 Scott J. Gettings WEST WARWICK, RI 2
2- 8
12 Matthew Blue PORTVILLE, NY 1 2- 4
13 Wayne R. Morris, Jr. KANSAS CITY, MO 1 2- 3
14 Anthony Stence WEST VALLEY, UT 1 2- 2
15 Randy Helms STILLWATER, MN 1 1-13
16 Shelby A. Bowling CHARLOTTE HALL, 1
17 Drew Forster KALISPELL, MT 1 1-10
17 Josh Teply MIDWEST CITY, OK 1
19 Scott Barnim ENNISMORE, ON 1 1- 8
20 Joseph Moore MILFORD, PA 1 1- 7
20 Matthew