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Clinton goes deep to win high school title – Bassmaster High School Open Douglas Lake – Dandridge, TN, Jun 20 – 21, 2014

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Clinton goes deep to win high school title

Jacob Mashburn (left) and Jake Lee

Craig Lamb
Jacob Mashburn (left) and Jake Lee of Clinton High School, Clinton, Tenn., won the 2014 Bassmaster High School Classic, and added another notch to their collective belt Saturday with the 2014 Bassmaster High School Open title.

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. — You don’t always get to play to your angling strength when going for the win in a bass tournament. Sometimes it takes digging deep into the bottom of the tacklebox for a lure that only gets used when absolutely necessary.

A jigging spoon was the lure that Jake Lee and Jacob Mashburn used. Both anglers favor fishing for bass in shallow water. Going offshore and jerking a piece of flattened lead over deep-water structure is far from their favored choice of techniques.

“We knew to win this we’d have to go deep,” Mashburn said. “We knew it would take leaving behind our mindsets about shallow water.”

Doing so paid off with the first place trophy at the Bassmaster High School Open presented by Carhartt. Lee and Mashburn caught 30 pounds, 11 ounces to win the two-day competition on Douglas Lake.

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