2011 B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Championship Ouachita River - Monroe, LA, Nov 3 - 5, 2011

Jamie Horton shed pounds, won major tournament

He credits healthier weight for fishing better

Jamie Horton
Jamie Horton has been competing in B.A.S.S. tournaments for years. In present day, right, his weight is much lower than during his 2003 victory as a co-angler on the Alabama River, left.

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Tyler Wade

Tyler Wade

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MONROE, La. — Jamie Horton may have won this weekend’s tournament, but one of the things he’s celebrating most is becoming the biggest “loser.”

When Horton accepted his trophy at the Bassmaster Federation Nation Championship presented by Yamaha and Skeeter, Nov. 5, he said one of the things he was most grateful for was losing 82 pounds over the past year.

“Last December, I weighed 307 pounds,” Horton told Alan Clemons at The Birmingham News, Oct. 30. “I knew I would feel better, be healthier and could fish better if I lost weight. So that was one of my goals for this year, and now I’m down to 225 pounds. I know it’s helped.”

It’s helped indeed. Horton led the championship wire-to-wire and escaped with a margin of victory close to 5 pounds.

Horton is hoping his healthier lifestyle will pay off Feb. 24-26, when he will join five of his B.A.S.S. Federation Nation colleagues at the 2012 Bassmaster Classic on the Red River in Louisiana.