Fernandez wins state
By Jarann Johnson
Being state champion is something to brag about and most state champions from the Hazen-Beulah area have been bragging about winning state titles in traditional sports. But Not Chase Fernandez, the Beulah sophomore-to-be, can brag about being the best fisherman in North Dakota or South Dakota.
Fernandez won the Student Angler Federation High School State Championship for North Dakota and South Dakota on June 15. South Dakota and North Dakota are combined for the tournament. The state angler competition is a team competition, but Fernandez’s partner Hunter Wood didn’t attend. So Fernadez tried for the state crown a man down.
Despite being a one-man team Fernandez still caught four fish that added up to about 8.8 pounds at Lake Mitchell in South Dkaota. Fernandez said his successful day was partly because he went opposite of all the other anglers that day.
“At first I thought the other guys in the tournament were going to go east on the lake, so was like,’I might as well go west and have more room to myself that way.’ And the west was just the way to go I guess. I made the right decision,” Fernandez said.
Now Fernandez will hope he can keep making the right choices. He’ll head to Lake Erie, in Ohio, for the regional competition on September 28. But before he heads for Regionals Fernandez will be practicing new techniques so he can be ready for the Ohio lake.
“I have to use new techniques more. The lake is a lot different then the lakes around here so I have to learn these new techniques and learn how to do them and get better at them so I can have my best opportunity at regionals.”