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Jason Hemminger of Oxnard, Calif., won the 2016 California B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Qualifier on Lake Nacimiento, Dec. 4.

Hemminger is one of 20 anglers on the newly assembled state team that will compete on Lake Shasta in April 2017.

NACIMIENTO, Calif. — The California B.A.S.S. Nation has filled its state team for 2017 with the conclusion of its Southern Qualifier, Dec. 3-4, on Lake Nacimiento.

Jason Hemminger of Oxnard won the boater division of the two-day tournament with 20.7 pounds. Rodney Scott of Yuba City won the nonboater side with 11.21 pounds.

In October, Brian Kennemer of Bakersfield won the boater division of a two-day tournament on Clear Lake with 40.55 pounds, and Wallace Hemminger of Oxnard won the nonboater side with 22.14 pounds.

The state team, made up of 20 anglers based on finishes in these two tournaments as well as their overall points standing, advances to the 2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Regional presented by Magellan, on Lake Shasta in Redding, April 19-21. The top boater and top nonboater from California at that event advances to the 2017 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship with a chance to compete for a spot in the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.

The boaters on the 2017 California B.A.S.S. Nation State Team are Jason Hemminger, Randy Pierson, Clayton Rogerson, Nick Wood, Brian Kennemer, Jason Milligan, Brad Everett, Ron Rushing, Steve Wilson, Bill Scharton and Tim Wells (alternate).

The nonboaters on the 2017 California B.A.S.S. Nation State Team are Wallace Hemminger, Brian Cogburn, Adrian Murar, Mike Coleman, Rodney Scott, Jeff Jones, Jim McLaughlin, Stan Beebe, John Steinhilber, Chris Gilkison and Dejon Lewis (alternate).

The schedule for the 2017 California B.A.S.S. Nation trail will be announced soon. Keep up with announcements by following California B.A.S.S. Nation on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CaliforniaBassNation).

To join a B.A.S.S. Nation club and earn eligibility for entry to compete, contact California B.A.S.S. Nation president, Mark Torrez, at (805) 233-0883.

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