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Three hundred high school teams are expected to compete on Kentucky Lake Aug. 8-10 for the high school championship crown. Each two-angler team is accompanied by a coach who runs the boat and can …
Three hundred high school teams are expected to compete on Kentucky Lake Aug. 8-10 for the high school championship crown. Each two-angler team is accompanied by a coach who runs the boat and can give advice on fishing techniques and patterns. Junior Bassmaster Division, which will field up to 50 teams in that group’s championship Aug. 6 and 7 at Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake.
Student anglers qualify for the championship through four High School Opens.
“They are the best of the best among 13,000 high school B.A.S.S. members representing more than 1,300 high school fishing clubs nationwide,” officials said. “In addition to the 900 anglers and coaches, we expect at least 2,000 family members and friends in attendance, cheering on their favorite teams.”
“We are thrilled to once again host the High School National Championship here in Henry County at beautiful Kentucky Lake,” said Tara Wilson, administrative coordinator, Henry County Tourism Authority. “We welcome all the anglers and their families to our community and wish them all the best of luck!”
Bethel Director of Athletics Dale Kelley added, “We are honored as a school and county to be involved and serve as hosts. It provides an opportunity for both Bethel and Carroll County to make a difference and be a part of something special. This introduces so many people to our great lakes and, of course, our university. We wish everyone much success and a safe week here in West Tennessee.”
The High School Series debuted in 2013 and has grown immensely since its inception. The program emphasizes sportsmanship, academics and a conservation ethic while giving young anglers a chance to improve and test their fishing skills in competition among their peers.
Another fast-growing tournament program is the Junior Bassmaster Division, which will field up to 50 teams in that group’s championship Aug. 6 and 7 at Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake. As in the high school competitions, they will compete as two-angler teams accompanied by a coach.
“We are excited to welcome the young anglers and their families to Carroll County and west Tennessee,” said Brad Hurley, President of Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. “This is our sixth year to be a host, and our enthusiasm for the Bassmaster Junior National Championship is only growing. Clearly the championship is putting the Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake on the radar of many fishermen.”
Each championship will be covered live on Bassmaster.com and will be reported on in B.A.S.S. Times Magazine as well as independent media. Visit Bassmaster.com for more information.
Bassmaster Junior Championship
Aug. 6-7 — Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake, Huntingdon, Tenn.
Mossy Oak Fishing High School Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors
Aug. 8-10 — Kentucky Lake, Paris, Tenn.
Hosts: Carroll County, Tenn.; Bethel University; Paris/Henry County Alliance