A-C Central’s Dirks, Smith set for Bass Fishing Finals

A-C Central's Dirks, Smith set for Bass Fishing Finals
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It weighed in at 4.69 pounds.

That’s a big bass — in fact, the biggest bass caught at the Sangchris Lake Sectional earlier this month. And a gigantic thrill for the fisherman who caught it — A-C Central’s Nate Dirks.

“The pre-fish days, and the previous tournaments, we had not caught anything big at all,” Dirks said. “So when I hooked into it, I was excited. I was ecstatic. And my boat captain kept telling me to calm down and don’t crank it in, because I was real excited. I was trying to get it in the boat, and I started — almost got it knocked off at one point. It was exciting, for sure.”

Dirks and teammate Landon Smith, as well as several other local teams, will compete in the Illinois High School Association State Final Bass Fishing Tournament today and Saturday at Carlyle Lake. Smith and Dirks took first place at the Sangchris Lake Sectional with a total of 16 pounds, 11 ounces.

“It’s really…

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