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CVCC State Bass Fishing Team
From left, Chase Martin, CVCC bass fishing head coach Angela Mayo, Nathan Dellinger and Lane Bailey. Martin, Bailey and Dellinger all qualified for the North Carolina BASS Nation state team with their recent performance on Lake Hickory.
photo courtesy of Catawba Valley Community College Athletics

CVCC Bass Fishing Sees Six Named to North Carolina BASS Nation State Team

Six members of the Catawba Valley Community College bass fishing program have made the North Carolina BASS Nation state team.

Red Hawk anglers Lane Bailey, Chase Martin, Dalton Eury and Grant Harris along with recent CVCC graduate Nathan Dellinger and assistant coach John Mayo make up six of the 20-member team.

“I am really happy to have five anglers and a coach from this program make the state team,” said CVCC bass fishing head coach Angela Mayo. “It is not an easy thing to do. We are competing against some of the best anglers in the state for the right to represent North Carolina at the next level.”

In order to make the North Carolina state team, co-anglers and boaters have to finish in the top three at one of three tournaments.

Each tournament typically has around 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers competing from all across North Carolina.

The first tournament took place last month on Lake Hickory. Dellinger finished in first place on the boater side during the event, while Bailey placed third.

Martin finished in second place in the co-angler division and also had the big fish at the event.

“Going into this I knew it was going to be tough,” Bailey said. “It was probably the toughest I have ever seen this lake, and I knew I had to do good because it was my home lake. People say fishing tournaments on your home lake is a curse, which I do believe in, but sometimes everything comes together. I’m excited to represent North Carolina at the next level and hopefully this takes me even farther in my career.”

On Friday, Eury, Harris and John Mayo all secured their spots in the North Carolina state team with solid finishes on Lake Norman. Eury finished second among boaters and Mayo was third, while Harris finished second among co-anglers.

“I have been fishing BASS Nation Federation tournaments since I was 16 years old. BASS Federation tournaments are truly the grassroots of competitive bass fishing, and I am very proud to have a chance to represent NC at the Southeastern national tournament on Douglas Lake in Tennessee this coming May,” said Red Hawk assistant bass fishing coach John Mayo. “I am also very proud of our CVCC Anglers for qualifying. It is great to see young anglers fishing federation tournaments and we are so happy we can help give them that opportunity.”

All six Red Hawks will represent the North Carolina state team at the Southeastern Divisional tournament, which takes place in May on Douglas Lake in Tennessee. The tournament’s top boater and co-angler from each state will compete at the BASS Nation National Championship.

The top three finishes at the National Championship will go to the Bassmaster Classic with the winner of that event earning the right to compete in the Elites pro circuit for a year.