Woodland High angler to compete in Big Bass Junior Championship

Beacon Falls teen to cast line at junior championship

BEACON FALLS — A random Facebook message during the dog days of summer landed a local teenage fisherman in an upcoming national competition.

Dylan Napoleone, a Beacon Falls native and senior founder of the Woodland Fishing Club, will travel to Priest River, Idaho, next week to compete in the Big Bass Junior Championship. He will represent Connecticut in an event that will feature about 50 of the top junior anglers in America.

It all happened quickly for Napoleone, who learned about the tournament with only a week left in the qualification window thanks to a message from a stranger.

“I hadn’t even heard of this event until the night before I put myself into it,” Napoleon said. “When I got the message from Ron, a random guy that I hadn’t talked to before, I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s do it, why not?’ At first, it wasn’t really a huge deal to me, honestly. I just thought it would be a cool opportunity.”

Napoleone said he logged 10-hour days on the water during the ensuing week, trying to catch a fish big enough that he could submit through the online competition. His best fish was an 18 1/2-incher whose weight formula checked in at 3.49 pounds….Full Story