“This one is definitely special,” Gossett said.
“It always feels good to win every state tournament, especially this one because it is the highest level for youth. It is always special to win and it is a dream for a lot of people. I have been fortunate enough to do it nine times.”
The 16-year old Cropwell native said the weather conditions were less than ideal that morning, but he was able to find a good spot and catch five spotted bass that weighed 14.33 pounds.
“It was actually cold that weekend, it was close to 35 degrees that morning,” Gossett said.
“I really thought the fish would stop biting, because the cold weather came in. It was a hard front. I pulled up to my first spot that morning, I made two casts and I caught one. The next cast, I catch another one. The next 10 (casts) I catch all of my keepers. After that it got boring, because this lake is real particular. You can catch them good in the morning and it is hard to get a catch when the sun comes up. It was a high blue bird sky that morning. I caught them on a Strike King Sexy Dawg top water lure.”
With the win, Gossett will represent the state in the National Guard Junior World Championship in Shreveport, Louisiana on lake Caddo on Aug 19-20. Gossett is out to get redemption this year. In 2009, Gossett represented the state of Alabama in the national tournament, but he didn’t have a good day on the water.
“It definitely drives me,” Gossett said.
“I definitely want to get revenge on that. I was a little bit younger; I think I was 12 years old the last time I went. I didn’t know as much as I know now. I feel like I know a lot more than I did, so I feel like I can do a lot better. I really know what the sport means now. I know how to break down a lake and this lake sets up perfect for my style of fishing. The average depth of that lake is six feet. I am a shallow fisherman, so the lake is going to set up real well for me and I think it is going to be a good tournament. I have heard a lot of good things about the lake.”
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