OZARK, Mo.— A junior at Ozark High School and member of the 2017 Bassmaster High School All-American team presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. Dalton Combs has earned seven Top 20 finishes, including a win in a Southwest Missouri High School Fishing Association event on Table Rock Lake. Combs fishes events with his sister, Keeley, and the team had the highest points and total weight caught over three qualifying events with more than 170 other teams.
“Being named Angler of the Year on the Teen Anglers Trail is one of my top fishing accomplishments because there were over 200 boats competing, and my sister and I were ranked number one after the whole season,” Combs said. “We’ve fish Table Rock all the way up to Stockton. And, this year the trail has expanded to three different divisions. At one of our last tournaments we had more than 270 boats.
In addition to his tournament success, Combs helps with the Fishing for Dreams organization, which gives children with disabilities an opportunity to get out on the water.
Combs believes in keeping the lake environment as clean as possible. He has organized shoreline trash pickups on Table Rock Lake, as well as taught other anglers about the importance of maintaining a clean, zebra mussel-free boat.
Bassmaster Elite Series pro Skylar Hamilton partnered with Combs to participate in a special Bassmaster High School All-American Bass Tournament held in conjunction with the 2017 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department event.
“It means a lot to be named a High School All-American because the program takes the best anglers in the country and narrows them down to the Top 12,” Combs said. “It means a lot that you’re considered to be the one of the top anglers in the nation.”
Read more about the Bassmaster High School All-American anglers on Bassmaster.com and look for their profiles in the September/October issue of Bassmaster magazine.