The Junior Angler Spotlight is shining on Alabama North District’s Chris Pharr. Chris is the 13 year old son of Michael Pharr. Chris has been fishing the National Bass Fishing Trail since 2009. During his time fishing the NBT Chris has had great success. Just in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons Chris has had 5 First Place, 4 Second Place and 2 Third Place finishes in Alabama North District Qualifier’s. He placed 2nd in the Alabama North’s District Championship Tournaments in 2015 and 2016. Chris has also had great success on the national level. Chris won the NBT National Championship Tournaments at Columbus Pool in Columbus Mississippi in 2011 and the 2015 National Championship Tournament on Pickwick Lake in Alabama with a three day total of 40.09 lbs.
Chris’s favorite lakes are Pickwick and Guntersville. He enjoys fishing soft plastics with the Zoom Ol’ Monster Worm being his favorite. Chris’s biggest fish do date are a 7.45 lb. Largemouth and a 6.50 lb. Smallmouth.
Chris is in the 8th grade and attends Ardmore School. Ardmore School is in the process of forming a High School Fishing Team on which Chris plans to participate.
Chris says he enjoys fishing the National Bass Fishing Trail; because, it gives him an opportunity to compete against other youths his age.
Chris will have great success in the future in the Bass Fishing World be it on the High School, College or the Pro Level of bass fishing.
National Tournament Information
2015 Nationals Information
Nationals June 12-17 Practice 12th-14 Tournament 15-17
Host Hotel: Jamison Inn, Muscle Shoals Alabama $62 rate (Kim Bates hotel contact) 4900 Hatch Blvd, Sheffield, AL 35660 Phone:(256) 381-4710
We would like all Anglers participating in the tournament that need accomodations to please stay at the host hotel or in Colbert County
Ramp: River Front Park Sheffield, Alabama (Ricky Canup, director of parks and rec)
Please take the opportunity to visit the Colbert County tourism website.
Current Members receive free membership for a new member in 2015 for bringing a new member to NBT in 2014. The New Member must qualify and fish a District Championship.
Brent Sain and Chris Pharr outlast field on Lake Pickwick
The National Bassfishing Trail's championship was held on Pickwick Lake in Colbert County Alabama. This year's field consisted of 46 adults and 14 juniors from seven different districts. Pickwick Lake is known for its summertime ledge fishing, however in recent years it also has had milfoil and hydrilla grass covered flats as another option. Anglers would have to decide which of these areas they wanted to fish. NBT President Donnie Story was one that chose to fish grass, he led day 1 with 20.8 pounds. Tennessee's Brent Sain would choose the Pickwick ledges and started with 16.66 pounds. Brents pattern would stay consistent and finish the third day with 17.55 pounds,giving him the win with a total of 49.05 pounds. Story would finish second with 47.48, followed by Michael Pharr in third place. Brent said that he scanned ledges all three days of practice without fishing very much at all. When the tournament begin he settled on three schools close together in the mid-lake area. His fish were schooled in 18ft and deeper, and would bite a 1oz. Football jig and a Berkley power worm. Story's fish came on a Profound popper z and a zoom speed worm.
Alabama North's Chris Pharr won the Junior division with 40.09 pounds for his three day total, outlasting Kyle Palmer who had 39.55 pounds. Fishing with his father Michael, Chris would use combination of both grass and ledges catching a limit most mornings using a swim jig and a 10 inch worm; and using the worm later in the day to cull up on the ledges. This combo helped start the tournament with a nice 16.20 pound bag. It would be the third day that Chris would have to overcome adversity to pull out the victory. After a slower than normal start, Chris only had two fish in the boat and then lost a largemouth that was close to 7 pounds. After a mental struggle late in the day, Chris landed a 4 pounder that got him back on track and was able to finish out his limit. This was enough to barely slip past Palmer in the standings to win his second NBT Championship. Brent Sain and Kyle Palmer both of the Tennessee District would win the Angler of the Year titles. Please visit the standings section at nbtbass.com for the full list of results.