Dalton's Hunter Nelson Part Of Bryan College's Inaugural Bass Fishing Team

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Seated, from left, are mother Jamie Nelson, Hunter Nelson, father Bradley Nelson and Katherine Young.  Standing, from left, are brother Brock Nelson, Dalton High School athletic director Jeff McKinney, and Bryan head angling coach Mike Keen.
Seated, from left, are mother Jamie Nelson, Hunter Nelson, father Bradley Nelson and Katherine Young. Standing, from left, are brother Brock Nelson, Dalton High School athletic director Jeff McKinney, and Bryan head angling coach Mike Keen.

Dalton's Hunter Nelson has received a $9,000 fishing scholarship to Bryan College in Dayton and will be part of Bryan's inaugural bass fishing team.

The scholarship also covers practice expenses (gas), tournament entry fees, gas for tournaments, food, lodging and uniforms.

Bryan College, located on the banks of Lake Chickamauga - the seventh-ranked bass fishery in the country, has dedicated a great deal of their time, money and effort into producing an inaugural team that can compete in tournaments nationwide, officials said.

Dayton. Tn., hosted the FLW pros last year as they competed on Lake Chickamauga and is scheduled to hosts the B.A.S.S. pros & the college anglers this year.

Mike Keen is the head coach and assistants are Michael Neal, FLW pro currently in 21st place overall ($220,756 career winnings in three years) and Dave Parron, FLW angler.  

Over 600 colleges are currently fielding bass teams/clubs.  Bass fishing is currently the fastest growing collegiate sport with many high schools offering teams. 

American Collegiate Anglers (the organization that all college teams compete under) currently has roughly 30,000 members.  


Fishing Report From The TWRA

Here is the fishing report from the TWRA: Center Hill:   Fishing is fair.  Water temperature is 79 degrees; lake is fairly stable.  Bass:  A few bass are being caught on topwater baits while fish are chasing shad.  Walleye: A few walleye are being caught while trolling above Sligo in 12-to-15 feet of water.  Bluegill: Several bluegill ... (click for more)

TWRA To Stock Several Thousand Florida Largemouth Bass Fingerlings Into Ft. Loudon Lake

TWRA will be stocking several thousand Florida largemouth bass fingerlings into Ft. Loudon Lake on Friday at Ish Creek boat ramp in Louisville.    The stocking is part of a larger effort to expand Florida largemouth bass genetics into more waters across Tennessee.   After the very successful and popular Florida largemouth bass stocking into Chickamauga Reservoir, ... (click for more)

City Seeking Grant To Improve Signals At 32 Intersections

The city is seeking a $2 million federal grant to go along with $500,000 in city funds for a project to improve signals at 32 intersections. There would also be bike and pedestrian improvements. The routes include Brainerd Road, Lee Highway, Shallowford Road, Gunbarrel Road and Hamilton Place Boulevard. The application is for a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Grant. (click for more)

Olympian Kristin Armstrong Sets Course Record; Talansky Is Men's Winner

Two-time Olympic goal medal winner Kristin Armstrong won the USA Cycling Professional Time Trial Championship in a record time at the Volkswagen course on Saturday morning. She finished the 19.2-mile course in 42 minutes, 8 seconds. The time trial victory assures the 41-year-old Armstrong of a spot as one of three American women to compete in the world championship time trial ... (click for more)

Shame On The Housing Authority - And Response

With Chattanooga and other cities around the nation struggling to find solutions to chronic homelessness it's cruel to evict families likely with children over a fight.   When you evict the adults you're also evicting any and all children in the household.  Intelligence would dictate looking for a root cause. Compassion would dictate looking for alternatives. Both ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Buy Ping Golf Clubs

As we set the charcoal, ice the drinks and prepare for Memorial Day, the first thing on my mind is to ask any golfers within my reach to consider buying and playing with Ping-brand golf clubs. Pings are made in America but there is a little something else you need to know, as told in an email I received earlier this week. I regret I do not know the author: * * * “On Monday, ... (click for more)