West Branch, Jackson-Milton anglers reel in spot at national fishing championship

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Garrett Dean has been fishing since he was 4 years old

AJ Bouch, senior at Jackson-Milton High School & West Branch Student, national fishing championship

BELOIT, Ohio (WKBN) – Anglers from West Branch High School and Jackson-Milton High School are heading to Kentucky this month for the Mossy Oak Bassmaster High School National Championship.

West Branch senior Garrett Dean has been fishing at the Ohio River, Mosquito Lake, Deer Creek Reservoir and Lake Erie since he was 4 years old.

Garrett Dean, Beloit, Age 4

Dean has participated in about a dozen tournaments, with personal records that include a 4-pound largemouth bass and a 5.6-pound smallmouth bass.

Garrett Dean, Beloit, Fishing Competition

West Branch High School said Dean credits his success to a lot of practice, switching up bait and having a great partner, senior AJ Bouch from Jackson-Milton High School, and boater coach.

Bouch will be joining Dean at the championship Oct. 21-24. They both competed in the 2020 Ohio High School Bass Nation State Championship back in June, qualifying for a spot in nationals.

According to Jackson-Milton High School, Bouch won an award for the “biggest bass” of the weekend, weighing 3.13 pounds.

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