Ozark's Dalton Combs Named Bassmaster High School All-American

CAPE FAIR, Mo--"I think it's just in my blood. I enjoy it so much. Some people have it for basketball, football, volleyball, for me it's fishing. You are never on top and stay on top. You'll be on top one day and the bottom the next. I think that's what makes it so addictive, it makes you want to keep getting better and better and better," said Dalton Combs.

Like a fish drawn to a lure. Ozark's Dalton Combs has been hooked on the sport since a very young age.

"I started when I was eight years old. My dad put me in my first fishing tournament when I was a little kid, I actually had a really good day. I caught my personal best, a four pounder, which is a pretty big fish when you are eight years old. So that, kind of just got the ball rolling," said Dalton Combs.

Young love that's grown to a competitive passion. Any chance Comb's gets... he's out on the water.

"As mcuh as you can. It's not really practice for fishing, you are just enjoying it, you know what I'm saying. You get to go fishing, not I have to go fishing," said Combs.

Now, Combs isn't just a teenager with a hobby. He's actually really good at fishing. Like really good. Just last month, Combs was named as one of Bassmaster's 12 All-American High School Anglers. Those All-Americans got to fish in a national pro-am tournament.

"So this year when I found out I was really excited. I was just ready to get there and go to Texas," said Combs.

He got to fish with professional Skylar Hamilton, and the pair finished second in the Texas tournament.

"It was really cool because all these pros, it's like the Lebron James of fishing, and we are back there chilling like it's normal people," said Combs.

With a tackle box full of skill and a lifetime ahead of him, Combs approaches each tournament like any laid back angler.

"Pros is the dream but, I don't know, wherever it takes me. I am just along for the ride and enjoying it right now," said Combs.


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