Colorado team reflects on winning national championship

Turner Mason and Ryan Wood; Photo: Ronnie Moore; B.A.S.S.
Turner Mason and Ryan Wood; Photo: Ronnie Moore; B.A.S.S.
Turner Mason and Ryan Wood; Photo: Ronnie Moore; B.A.S.S.

Local high school anglers reel in national title

TENNESSEE – The Bassmaster National High School Championship is coming back to Colorado.

Ryan Wood and Turner Mason of Legacy High School reeled in a whopping 49 pounds, 4 ounces of bass to best more than 300 anglers from 170 high schools across the nation and Canada to claim the title.

“It [was] truly an unreal feeling to be awarded that trophy,” Wood said. “So much is going through your head at that moment, and it’s hard to even focus on answering the announcer’s questions. I was so happy for Turner getting to experience such a big win. Our coach Chad [LaChance] has been so committed to helping us, and has made huge sacrifices of his time to help us and be there for us.”

After a rough showing in the same tournament last year, the local duo bounced back in a huge way.

“Doing poorly last year was very humbling,” Wood said. “Going into last year’s Colorado State High School Championship, our focus was to win that so we could go back to the national championship and redeem ourselves.”

That’s a bold statement for one of the top junior anglers in the country. Wood won his first state title in 2008, and went on to claim the BASS Junior World Championship a short five years later. He was also named to the 2015 Bassmaster High School All-American team. Next year, he will fish for Dallas Baptist University.

“This is the absolute best ending I could have ever asked for, to end my high school fishing career. I was able to fish it with my best friend who I met because of fishing the first day of freshman year [of high school]. I was also coached by Chad LaChance, the best coach/mentor I could have ever asked for. It’s truly a storybook ending,” Wood said.

Wood says he is looking forward to the new level of competition, as well as the opportunity to explore new bodies of water starting this fall….Read More