Horton's tourney a boon for high school anglers

The intangible benefits of fishing are many but often hard to define. The tangible benefits will be on full display Saturday in the Tim Horton High School Bass Anglers Challenge on Pickwick Lake.

Students from all corners of the state will converge on the Tennessee River for the third annual event, competing for at least $20,000 in scholarship money. The tournament begins at 6 a.m. Saturday morning from Riverfront Park in Sheffield. The weigh-in starts at Riverfront at 2 p.m. Read More

   

4th: Late Flurry Lifts Horton

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>  Photo BASS OverStreet Day 5: 5, 22-11 (20, 88-08) Horton followed up his smallest bag of the event on Saturday with one he was pretty proud of today. After struggling for much of the early part of the day, typically the time when he’d catch his best fish, he opted to scrap what he was doing and where he was doing it and get back into search mode.

That’s right – on the final day of the tournament, with two fish that weighed probably 4 pounds in his livewell, Horton decided to start idling and graphing new areas just like he did in practice.

At 2:15, he finally hit paydirt. He came upon what he called “the biggest school of bass he’s ever found on the Tennessee River,” and quickly amassed a 22-11 stringer that carried him to his best Elite Series finish in 7 years.

“I was very pleased,” he said. “It was a good tournament. I would’ve liked to have been in contention – Saturday hurt my chances there – but all in all it was a fun week.”

It certainly was a fun last hour for the Muscle Shoals, Ala., pro, who stuck with a Profound Outdoors Z-Boss 20 or 25 crankbait all week.

“Today was very gratifying,” he said. “I took a big gamble and it all worked out. When I had those two 15-inchers at 9:30, I decided to scrap everything and graph for the rest of the day. I wanted to give myself a chance to win.

“I found a place I was pretty positive nobody else was fishing, because it was so good. It was the best place I’ve ever found. There were so many 3- to 3 1/2-pound fish there that I had to go through 15 or 20 of those and then I’d catch a 5-pounder. I only had 45 minutes to fish so it would’ve been a good place to have found in practice.” Read more

   

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