Dalton Wilson is once again the top teenage fisherman in Missouri.
Wilson won his second state championship in three years earlier this month at Lake of the Ozarks, qualifying him for the Junior Bassmaster World Championship against the best anglers from around the world. It will be his second appearance in the event.
After winning the state title in 2005, Wilson had an off year in 2006. But now he’s back at the top of his sport.
Wilson won the points race in his 15-18 year old division to qualify for the state championship. On a tough day for fishing as the temperatures rose and the fish moved, Wilson weighed in three fish for a total of about seven pounds to win the event. Only four fish were weighed for the entire tournament in all age groups.
The win qualified Wilson for the world championships, which will be held Feb. 22-24 at South Carolina’s Lake Keowee. Wilson finished 24th among 45 competitors in the 2005 tournament.
“I feel better going into it (this year),” Wilson said. “I have a little more experience.”
Anglers from 48 states and many international countries will compete at the world championships. Wilson said he plans to fish Lake Keowee at least twice before the tournament.
More than $27,000 in cash, scholarships and awards are included in the prize purse.