Austin Yeager of the Splendora High School Bass Fishing Team is the overall winner of the 2022 St. Croix and Texas Fish & Game Conservation Challenge
Yeager took part in several of the seven total challenges and extended his conservation efforts to not only bass fishing but catch-and-release of alligator garfish.
“He’s obviously passionate about fishing and fisheries conservation and took to his own to inspire others to get some skin in the game on conservation. He’s a very deserving winner of the grand prize which is a $1,000 scholarship courtesy of St. Croix,” said Texas Fish & Game Editor-In-Chief Chester Moore.
St. Croix and Texas Fish & Game in Jan. 2022 collaborated on behalf of youth and incentivized conservation activism among Texas high school bass fishing competitors.
“We believe this tech-savvy generation can do great things for fisheries and conservation. We have partnered with Texas Fish & Game to create the Texas High School Bass Conservation Challenge, which will be a fun way for students to promote conservation as well as win some great prizes,” said Jesse Simpkins, Vice President of Marketing at St. Croix.
St. Croix and Texas Fish & Game sent seven different challenges to high school bass team sponsors throughout the state during the spring semester.
Individual challenge winners got their choice of a Bass X rod from St. Croix.
From staff reports