(Riverton, Wyoming) – Katy Carey, a nursing student at Landerite and Central Wyoming College, was named state champion at the 2021 Big Bass Zone Junior Championship (BBZ JC) after reaching the highest limit of five bass at the level of the ‘State.
Carey clashed with other teenage fishermen across the country to catch his fish. Her five bass limit entries were largemouth bass and weighed over 14 pounds in total, which qualified her to compete in the prestigious BBZ JC World Finals in Branson, Missouri on October 30.
This is the third year of the BBZ tournament and Carey’s second participation at the national level. The event itself was created by Fishing Hall of Fame angler Bill Siemantel, who hoped to expand access to competitive fishing for teens.
âThe tournament is designed to allow anyone with $ 25 to compete nationally,â said Carey.
The registration period lasts for seven months, unlike the one-day format of traditional fishing competitions. Competitors are allowed to fish from the shore or from the boat and enter their five biggest catches in the hope of being named the winners of their state.
Carey was the 2019 BBZ JC Wyoming State Champion who was in Idaho and her history with the sport goes back even further.
âI’ve been fishing since I was old enough to hold a fishing rod. I like bass fishing especially because sometimes the fish are very aggressive and fight well.
Carey has a lot of work to do to prepare for this opportunity.
âI am preparing for interviews and looking for sponsors to help with travel expenses to get to Branson, Missouri for the national championship,â she said. “I’m packing up gear and training in local waters with techniques that I will need to use in Missouri waters for bass.”
Carey also balances the demands of competition with her responsibilities as a student.
âAs a first year nursing student, I am very busy,â she said.
Carey’s attraction to the CWC’s nursing program parallels the fighting spirit and lifelong dedication that she puts into the fishery.
âFor almost as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a nurse,â she said. “I chose CWC because their nursing program is top-notch, competitive, and has state-of-the-art facilities.”
Carey also said she looks forward to serving her community as a nurse after graduating.
While competing in Missouri, Carey won over $ 300,000 in prizes, including a Bass Cat boat, scholarships and a fishing trip to Mexico. However, the competition is more than prizes for Carey.
“This competition provides a unique opportunity to fish in a high level national tournament,” she said.