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W.Va. anglers qualify to advance in BASS event

DANDRIDGE, Tn. — Two members of the West Virginia Bass Nation secured high finishes in the organization’s recent regional championship event on Douglas Lake in Tennessee.

Matt Summers of Gassaway, W.Va., won the non-boater division with three day total weight of 21 pounds 11 ounces. Summers caught daily limits of 6-1, 6-14 and 8-12, and took home the $2,500 top prize. He also earned a spot in the upcoming National Championship on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina in the fall. Matt is a 20-year veteran state trooper and has been fishing tournaments for many years.

West Virginia’s top boater for the event was Dustin Hollen of Buckhannon.

It’s the fourth straight year the West Virginia team has had a top finisher in either the boater or non-boater division of the regional championship tournament. Each state’s top boater and non boater advanced to the National Championship.

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