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South 40 Trail Anglers Fish for Scholarships

South 40 Trail
Jordan Grimm, Patrick Hejl , Hayden Grimm


Each year, the South 40 Trail gathers anglers to compete in a series of fishing tournaments. Proceeds from the tournaments go to provide scholarship dollars to students in McLennan and surrounding counties that show projects at the Heart O' Texas Fair and Rodeo.

South 40 Trail Lone Star Ag Credit
Jordan Grimm and Hayden Grimm


Team Grimm and Grimm

This year, Lone Star is sponsoring Team Grimm and Grimm, two brothers - Hayden and Jordan - who began fishing at a young age - with their father and grandfather. We chatted with Jordan Grimm about his fishing experiences. "My family is deeply intertwined in fishing and it has played a huge part in our lives. My dad has had a big impact on me and has always taken me fishing. I can remember fishing in my first tournament with Dad when I was eight years old. It was a cold January day and I only caught one fish on that trip but, despite not having an outwardly successful day, I loved every minute of that tournament. After I became older, my dad would fish with my brothers and I would fish with my grandpa. He taught me a lot about fishing but he also encouraged me to figure things out by allowing me to make most of the decisions and run the trolling motor. My brother Hayden and I have a great relationship and have always been competitive with each other but we work well fishing together. Hayden always reminds me to relax and have fun and that has really helped me as a fisherman."

The brothers are not the only members of the family competing at the South 40 Trail. "My dad competes in the South 40 against us with his partner!" shared Jordan. Several of the Central Texas anglers participating are considered the best in the state making it difficult to win a tournament. Normally, each stop will have around 100 teams fishing.

Jordan Grimm Lake Whitney
Jordan Grimm with 11 pound, 1 ounce Bass caught at Lake Whitney

Fishing for Scholarships

The Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo started a Scholarship Fund in 1997 awarding seventeen scholarships of $100 each. The South 40 Trail fundraiser aids the fund and Lone Star's sponsorship provides additional support. Over $250,000 in scholarships were awarded in 2018. These scholarships provide financial assistance to students who have good citizenship, and proven academic and leadership abilities. "Lone Star has supported youth and their projects at the Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo for decades," stated Lone Star's Patrick Hejl. "We are happy to sponsor the South 40 Trail tournament and the Grimm brothers. It's a good fit for us because this tournament gives assistance to young people and helps further Ag education, which is always of importance for Lone Star." Jordan added, "The South 40 Trail provides surrounding students with scholarships for their future professions. As a teacher and coach, I believe this is a great way to give back to communities and students. I would like to thank Lone Star Ag Credit for their belief in me and my brother."

Just Go Fishing

We asked Jordan about advice to give other anglers. "The best advice I can give any aspiring angler is to just go fishing! Go on your own and learn how to find fish. Use technology such as Google Earth, fishing forums, YouTube videos, etc. to develop your skills and become a better angler. Again, there is no better experience than just going out and figuring fish out by yourself!

The South 40 Trail series of tournaments begins each year in the Fall and culminates the following Spring with s Shootout Championship. This year's event will be on March 23-24, 2019. To learn more, click here: South 40 Fishing Trail Championship


Published February 21, 2019