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North Carolina Team Takes Lead At Bassmaster High School Championship


PARIS, Tenn. — It was a whole new ballgame on a completely different body of water — Carroll County’s 1,000-acre recreational lake — for the Top 30 teams competing for the coveted final 10 positions at the Bassmaster High School Championship presented by Carhartt. But everyone had a chance to stake their claim on a Top 10 spot heading into the final day.

The 27th place team after two days on Kentucky Lake took the lake change and ran with it. Tyler Dunn and Matthew Shrewsbury of Wilson, N.C., caught two of the right fish Friday to pull them into the driver seat heading into the final day of the Bassmaster High School Championship.

The Day 3 location change provided many challenges to the high school teams. Many of them found it hard to come across 12-inch keeper bass.

Dunn and Shrewsbury only managed two of those elusive keeper bites, but they were the right size to bolster them to the top of the leaderboard with 8 pounds, 12 ounces. Now they head into championship Saturday with a pound and a half advantage over Garrett Enders and Nick Osman of the Susquehanna Valley bass anglers.

“We started off as boat 27, and it was hard to pick a spot (because it was crowded),” Dunn said. “So we decided to go straight across the lake and start fishing close to a spot that we already had.”

Anglers were welcomed with different weather conditions than the prior two days on Kentucky Lake. Rain and heavy cloud cover loomed over Carroll County all day keeping the temperatures cool and the fish somewhat active.

“There was a roadbed near our spot, and we started to fish it,” Dunn said. “I casted out deep, and as soon as the bait hit the bottom, the fish picked it up.”

Many teams caught more than 40 fish today, but the keepers were hard to come by.

According to Dunn and Shrewsbury, both of their fish came before 8 a.m.

The second place team of Enders and Osman are just one solid keeper behind the North Carolina anglers, and they realize Saturday will be a tough day.

“We aren’t far behind first place,” Osman said. “We just have to keep fishing hard and never give up.”

The early bite treated the second-place team well as most of their fish came early in the day. After four morning fish the Pennsylvania anglers boated their fifth fish near the end of the day to keep them at the top of the standings.

Three of the 30 teams caught limits today, and it was a struggle to find substantial fish. The third-place team of Matt Miller and Adrian Stafford landed four fish for 6 pounds, 8 ounces.

The rest of the Top 10 team’s weight are relatively close, and one big bite will make a big difference.

The local hosts for the event are Paris-Henry County, Carroll County, Northwest Tennessee Tourism and Bethel University.

2014 Bassmaster High School Presenting Sponsor: Carhartt

2014 Bassmaster High School Official Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha

2014 Bassmaster High School Sponsor: Mudhole

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