Fishing

High school duo finishes fifth in national fishing tournament

Posted July 31

— If you ask anyone who enjoys a good day on the lake, hooking a fish never gets old.

“It’s adrenaline pumping through you,” said Matthew Shrewsbury. “It’s pretty exciting at first unless it gets off, then, pretty sad.”

That’s a feeling Tyler Dunn and Shrewsbury know too well, who make up the Beddingfield Bassers.

They just got back from Tennessee where they competed in the National Bassmaster high school fishing tournament.

The two held first place until the final day, when the fish story started.

Shrewsbury hooked a big one, but it got away.

“It was heartbreaking,” said Mark Williamson, the Bassers coach. “I probably overreacted more than they did.”

The possible, and probable winning fish, shook loose, and the moment was shown on national television.

“Everybody was kind of sad because they knew that one was the winner,” Shrewsbury said.

With the winner in the water, the Bassers settled for fifth place. Once the shock wore off, they began to appreciate the accomplishment.

“Going into another tournament after placing fifth overall, was a really big confidence boost,” Dunn said.

The tournament provided lessons they will take with them as they continue their fishing careers, and one good story that will last a lifetime.

“We’ll be telling it all of our lives, but we actually have proof this time,” Williamson said.

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  • wlcat609 Jul 31, 8:27 p.m.

    Too bad the webeditors at WRAL don't have spellcheck available....tourny? Just ask any 6th grader, I'll bet they can spell the real word!

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