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Jena Leads UOVSAL Sophomore Season

June 14, 2016
By Larry Claypool - OV Times Editor , Ohio Valley Outdoors

Last year a local group of serious bass fisherman from eastern Ohio started the Upper Ohio Valley Student Angler League, a high school based fishing league. The events are run like actual bass tournament events - under the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) format - only with high school and middle school kids participating on regional waters. This year, in its sophomore season, the UOVSAL is enjoying another great year.

The league currently has four teams in the high school division (East Liverpool, Beaver Local, Hopewell, PA and Springfield Local) and two (East Liverpool and Columbus Worthington) in the junior high group.

Not forgotten in the success of UOVSAL is the hard work behind the scenes by league organizer Harry Emmerling and several volunteers who offer their bass boats and time to host the young fisherman on each outing, including practice sessions.

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Curt Jena has been the top angler this season in the Upper Ohio Valley Student Angler League. Photo courtesy of Harry Emmerling

Currently one angler has stood above the others this season with several big fish in the livewell. Sophomore Curt Jena of Hopewell High School has taken first place and 'big bass' honors during the first two events. He leads the Tim Horton's Angler of the Year race with 22 points.

Jena won the Heritage Thermal Big Bass Award in the first event at Aqua Ohio Evans Lake with a 4 lb-8 oz largemouth (three total fish at 10 lb-1oz) and a 3 lb-7 oz. bass at the Mosquito Lake tournament (three fish total at 8 lb-1 oz).

To recognize Jena for his two early wins this year we posed eight questions to the young angler, with the help of Emmerling. Here they are:

OVT: What Grade are you in? CJ: 10th

OVT: How long have you been fishing? CJ: 10 years

OVT: What is the biggest bass you have caught? CJ: A 6.5 lb largemouth

OVT: What is your favorite bait? CJ: A hollow body frog

OVT: Where is your favorite lake or river to fish? CJ: Chickamauga Lake, TN

OVT: Do you play any other sports? CJ: Ice hockey

OVT: Do you plan on going to college? CJ: Yes

OVT: Do you plan on fishing at the college level? CJ: Yes, I'm interested



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