Rhea County Anglers defend home lake

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The Rhea County High School Anglers are ready to rumble. They defend home lake this weekend in State Tournament at Lake Chickamauga.(Photo:GaryBolden/RheaReview)

Rhea County High School Fishing Team defends home Lake in State Tournament

June 3, 2015

Dayton, TN — The Rhea County Anglers Team are ready for the State Tournament. Dayton will become the center for another high profile fishing event as High school anglers from across the state are come to Dayton Saturday, June 6, 2015. Lake Chickamauga will play host to the 2015 Tennessee State High School Fishing Championship

The Student Angler Federation along with Tennessee Bass Federation(TBF) and Fishing League Worldwide(FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, have joined forces to help coordinate the event that is open to any high school fishing team in the state.

Students in seventh- through twelfth-grades will be competing in the tournament in two-person teams.

Rhea County has a large team of over 40 members and several will be competing on Saturday to take home the prize. The total of 5 fish that win will probably be over 20 pounds but you never know when someone will bring in a big sack. Coach Brian Derlak acknowledges that the Rhea County team will have a home lake advantage but that in the end it is still which angler has the best day.

Coach Derlak said, “We have a home lake advantage and we will do well.  I am not sure just how well.”

Jesse Hooker was one of several Rhea County Anglers that came down to the Dayton Boat Dock for the interview.

Hooker said, “There is a misconception that fishing is just going out and throwing out a line and just waiting. Just because it’s not a ball and stick sport doesn’t mean it doesn’t require time. You have to follow the fish and know where to find them.”

Takeoff is set for 6 am and weigh-in will be held at the Dayton Bat Dock at 2 pm at Dayton Boat Dock
175 Lakeshore Drive,Dayton, TN 37321.

Check out the full interview below:

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