Angler Profile – Grayson Morris
Briarwood Christian School senior Grayson Morris has achieved one of the ultimate titles of high school bass fishing.
Morris and his partner Tucker Smith won the 2018 Bassmaster High School Series National Championship at Kentucky Lake with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 50 pounds, 2 ounces. So Morris’ goal for his senior season is to return to the national championship and defend his title.
The 17-year-old Morris has been fishing “on and off” most of his life. “I think I really started paying attention to it in fifth or sixth grade,” he said. “That’s when I met most of my friends that enjoy fishing and we started hanging out and fishing all the time. That is when I started getting serious about it.”
During his freshman year Morris was introduced to tournament fishing when he joined the Briarwood Christian School bass team and was paired with a senior partner. “He really showed me the ways of high school tournaments and how to do them,” Morris said.
Since then Morris has enjoyed the camaraderie of high school bass fishing. “The competition is great and all that but I really like developing relationships on and off the water with a bunch of buddies,” he said. “I’ve really got to know a lot of friends and a lot of my good friends really are from fishing in high school and the local tournaments we fish. I think high school fishing is really good for developing lasting relationships because you are always communicating with someone that you have something in common with.”
The national championship capped off a banner year for Alabama anglers Morris and Smith. They qualified for the national championship by finishing third in the Bassmaster High School Central Open in January at Toledo Bend and in February won an Airport Marine School Tournament Trail event at Lake Mitchell. The Briarwood school anglers also finished 12th at an Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation event at Lake Martin and consistently finished in the Top 10 of Alabama high school tournaments throughout the year.
Morris plans on pursuing a degree in agriculture but is unsure which college he wants to attend. He hopes to find a school that best fits his academic goals and has a bass fishing team.