Grant Dees says his dream is to become a professional bass fisherman someday. Dees and his fishing partner, Ben Freeman, got a jump start on that goal last week in the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series National Championship.
His mother, Cora Dees, said, “This is their second time going to the Nationals. It’s a 3-day [high school] tournament with the top boats in the nation competing for scholarship money. Grant and his team came in 6th [out of more than 300 teams] in the nationals this past week. These boys have worked very hard for this.”
Grant, a senior at South Pittsburg High School.
“It was very stressful,” he said. “Especially when the fish weren’t biting a whole lot in the first part of the day. That put alot of stress on us at the end of the day. There was no room for errors.”
While he’s from South Pittsburg, Grant actually fishes for the Grundy County Bass Fishing Team. This isn’t the first time Grundy County bass fishing coach David Lowrie has produced top anglers on the hogh school circuit. Kyle Ingleburger & Kyle Palmer, known as “Team Kyle”, won the 2016-2017 Tennessee BASS Nation High School Points Champions last year.
Grant said, “The Grundy County Bass Team has done so well because we put in long hours of practice and hard work. Our boat captains and coach take a lot of their time to practice and give us what we need.”
He knows it is a long, hard road from a high school bass team to the professional bass circuit. But he’s watched as others in the area have traveled the road successfully and hopes he can repeat the process.
“My goal for next year is to get a college scholarship to fish,” said Grant. “I know I have to do well in this year’s tournaments and go to the nationals again. I’ll be trying my best to win it and bring the Bassmaster high school national champion trophy to Tennessee.”