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Northland Pines fishing headed to nationals in first year of programSubmitted: 06/24/2016
Northland Pines fishing headed to nationals in first year of program
Story By Nolan Blair

EAGLE RIVER - The Northland Pines fishing team is about as basic as it gets: just two kids, bait, and their gear.

"I didn't expect to go anywhere," said Northland Pines junior Mike John.

But in its first year the team is headed to nationals after taking second at the BASS Wisconsin High School Fishing Tournament. It was the first tournament the two have competed in together.


John is going to be a junior. Harmon Marien became a freshman right before the state tournament started. 

"Wednesday previous I was in eighth grade, and then that Saturday and Sunday we took second in the high school tournament," Marien said. "That was pretty cool, good way to start high school."

The two will head to northwestern Tennessee in August to compete on Kentucky Lake. The team's strategy is simple.

"I like throwing really fast search baits, just trying to search up search baits, and we'll sit on them and throw more finesse baits on them," said John.

The two realize they're just high school fisherman.

"We're definitely not pros," said Marien.

It's more so about enjoying the time on the water.

"It's always been enjoyable for me and in tournaments just trying to have fun and doing the same thing I've always done," Marien said. " I think the turnout's better for us, the result, when we relax, have fun."

Plus, it will be an adventure for a team of youngsters a long time in the making

"I've wanted to go there for as long as I can remember, go down fishing down south," said Marien.







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