Two-time National Bass Fishing Trail junior national champion Dakota Cantrell signed a scholarship Saturday, July 12 to join the inaugural Campbellsville University co-ed bass fishing team.
Cantrell, a recent graduate of Grundy County High School from Monteagle, Tenn., is the second signee for the 2014-15 season and the first out of state angler for bass fishing coach Tommy Hall. He joins Austin Moore of Warren East High School in Bowling Green, Ky., as the first two CU signees.
“I’m excited to have Dakota on our first CU fishing team. He is a proven tournament angler, and we share the love of power fishing. I feel his prove abilities will serve the team well,” said Hall.
Cantrell brings 13 years of competitive fishing experience to CU, starting his career at age 5 while fishing tournaments with his dad, Gene. He is a four-time qualifier for the National Bass Fishing Trail Junior Nationals. He placed fourth in 2008 and won the national title and Junior Angler of the Year in 2009 and 2010. From 2008 to 2011, he won NBT tournaments, including three district titles and the national titles on Chickamauga Lake in Tennessee and Lake Eufaula (Ala.).
As a sophomore in 2011, Cantrell helped form the Grundy County High School Yellow Jackets Bass Team. During his time as president of the GCHS team, he won five high school tournaments and he and fishing partner Hank Lowrie were named the 2013 GCHS Bass Team of the Year. Cantrell also represented Grundy County three times in the Student Angler Federation Tennessee High School Fishing State Championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He and Lowrie placed seventh as a sophomore/freshman team in 2012 on Nickajack Lake in Kimball, Tenn., and finished tied for eighth in 2013 on Nickajack.
Cantrell’s largest catch of his career was a 9.3-pound bass out of Nickajack. He has received the big fish award at several tournaments, including a 6.75-pound largemouth as part of a 40.17-pound bag at the 2009 NBT Junior National Championship.Cantrell is the first Grundy County High School angler to sign a collegiate bass fishing scholarship. “Dakota's one of the toughest competitors on the water I've ever been around. He's very serious about fishing and winning. He's as good as anybody out there and proves that by winning the NBT Junior National Championship two years in a row,” said David Lowrie, Grundy County’s coach. “I’m going to miss having him in my boat, but I can’t wait to see him make a name for himself on the college trail.”
Neely Henry Nationals
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Kaufman cranks his way to Championship and Angler of the Year! The NBT Nationals was held June 25-27 at Neely Henry Lake in Gadsden, AL. Illinois Director Mark Kaufman won the adult division with a three day total of 35.30 pounds, beating out 2nd place Bubba Ingleburger who had 32.59. Billy Adcock, Mike Pharr, and Tim Potts rounded out the top 5. Mark caught the majority of his fish on a Strike King 3xd sexy shad crankbait. He was targeting points with stumps in about 10-12 ft of water. Mark gave lots of credit to his side-imaging unit to find the isolated stumps. Each morning Mark was able to get a small limit pretty quick but waited on whatever afternoon current would come to upgrade each day. It wasn’t all easy for Kaufman who finished in 6th after day 1, but a 14.89 lb bag pulled him to 2nd place behind Ingleburger after day 2. Just over 9lbs was good enough to pull out the victory and gain enough points to also make him NBT Angler of the year for the 2013 season. This is also back-to-back wins and AOY for the Illinois district.
Kyle Ingleburger wins Junior Division at Neely HenryFresh off of qualifying for the Junior Bassmasters Classic, Tennessee district Junior Angler Kyle Ingleburger went wire to wire to win the NBT Nationals. Kyle’s 26.83 three-day total was just enough to survive a late charge by Alabama North’s Austin Adcock who had 25.63. Hank Lowrie was third, followed by Denver Satterlee and Chris Pharr. Kyle, who’s dad finished 2nd on the adult side, used a ½ football jig and a Zoom speed craw to target deeper spotted bass in 15 to 20 ft deep. Most of their fish were caught up-river where more current was prevalent. Ingleburger also gained enough points to capture the Angler of the Year title as well. His first and the district’s 2nd in a row.