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Tuscaloosa Duo Wins Bassmaster Junior National Championship
By Mike Bolton
Posted Tuesday August 1 2017, 4:56 PM
Chandlar Hollingsworth (left) and Miller Dowling, who fish with the American Christian Academy team from Tuscaloosa, won the Bassmaster Junior Championship on Carroll County Recreational Lake in Tennessee with a two-day total weight of 25-lbs., 12-ozs.
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Miller Dowling and Chandlar Hollingsworth, of American Christian Academy in Tuscaloosa, posted a dramatic final-day comeback to win the Bassmaster Junior Championship.
The pair was in seventh place going into the tournament’s final day and trailed the leading team by nearly 7 pounds. Dowling and Hollingsworth weighed the tournament’s biggest bag on the final day—five bass weighing 16-lbs., 9-ozs. That gave them a two-day total of 10 bass that weighed 25-12.
The tournament was for anglers 7 to 13 years of age. Teams from 28 states and Canada participated in the 2017 Bassmaster Junior National Championship, which was held on Carroll County Recreational Lake in Tennessee.
Both Dowling and Hollingsworth caught a bass that weighed more than 6 pounds on the final day, and the shared success paid big dividends. Both anglers won a $1,000 scholarship for the victory, as well as championship trophy.
The 6-pounders both were caught on green-pumpkin shaky head worms fished in about 15 feet of clean water.
The team fished only two locations the entire tournament.
“After Miller caught the second big fish, we said, ‘We’re going to win this,’” Hollingsworth said.
But the final day of the tournament didn’t start so well. The boys thought they had the big bite they needed when Dowling hooked a bass they estimated to weigh in the 9-lb. range. The huge bass hit within the first five minutes of angling time.
“We knew it was a big one right away,” Hollingsworth said. “We got him straight to the boat, but the hook came out. We were depressed, but later on we had the first 6-pounder I caught on a shaky head, and then we had some smaller 1-pounders.
“When we moved to our other spot later on, Miller caught another 6-pounder. I thought we were going to have only one big bite all day, but it got better and better.”
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