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Mecklenburg fishing teams excel in Bass Nation action on Lake Gaston / September 16, 2020
Mecklenburg County’s two fishing teams, the Mecklenburg High School Anglers and Mecklenburg County Youth Bass Masters, had a great day on the lake Saturday during the Bass Nation of Virginia Youth Team Tournament.

Teams fished on Lake Gaston near Holly Grove Marina in Bracey.

Slate George and Kade Burch placed second overall in the junior division with a total catch of 8.09 pounds. They were the top finishers among all Mecklenburg County teams, for both the junior and high school divisions.

Tate and Cole Bowen with the Mecklenburg High School Anglers placed third in the junior division. Their total fish weight was 7.28 pounds. They also took the top prize for single big fish, at 5.44 pounds.

Also in the top five for the junior division were teams Tyler Crutchfield and Christopher Baird and Trevor Wallace and Austin Evans of the Mecklenburg County Youth Bass Masters. The two teams tied for fourth place with a total fish weight of 6.33 pounds. Crutchfield and Baird had the second biggest single fish of the day weighing in at 4.06 pounds.

Of the 18 teams participating at the junior level, 13 were from Mecklenburg County.

At the high school level, 11 of the 43 participating teams were from Mecklenburg County.

Colin Saunders and Chance Allred, fishing with the Mecklenburg High School Anglers, came in fifth with a total fish weight of 6.89 pounds. They were the top finishers among the Mecklenburg County teams.

Chase Moser and Matthew Funderburk, also fishing with the Mecklenburg High School Anglers, placed sixth, and Hunter Edwards and Austin Owens of Mecklenburg County Youth Bass Masters placed seventh. The Edwards-Owens combo snagged honors for single big fish for the high school division at 3.98 pounds.

The teams of Colton and Ryder Milam and Gage Jones and Eli Walker of the Mecklenburg High School Anglers placed 10th and 14th during Saturday’s tournament. The two teams finished last year in first and second place statewide and will be representing Virginia at the Mossy Oak Bassmaster Junior National Championship taking place in Tennessee Oct. 19-20.

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