They’re only juniors in high school, but Cameron Lebron and Jed Wilson will fish in a national championship this weekend.
The young men won the BASS Nation High School Division tournament on Wheeler Lake last spring. It qualified them to fish this week’s national championship on Kentucky Lake.
The boys go to Cullman High School, but Cameron has a strong tie to Guntersville and fishes Guntersville Lake frequently. He’s the great grandson of Frank Boren of Five Points near Lake Guntersville State Park.
You might remember Frank for being in the paper back in March when he caught a giant 3 pound 7 ounce crappie off the South Sauty bridge. Cameron fishes with Frank often.
“Cameron and Jed just started fishing together in the high school tournaments this season,” Frank said. Jed’s uncle is Delton Gregory, who fishes the Alabama Bass Trail and has done pretty well.
Neither of the boys has fished Kentucky Lake before.
“They’re pretty excited,” Frank said.
The boys will get some practice time. Then they’ll compete Thursday and Friday. The top 12 go on to fish the 3rd and final day on Saturday.
“Cameron has been fishing since he was 3-years-old,” Frank said. “He and his cousin Cash Williams went out with us and both of them caught a fish. Cameron has always been fishing ever since. He don’t mind you getting him up at 5 in the morning to go fishing.”
The great-grandparents, Frank and Mary Alice Boren, will go up Friday to watch the weigh-in to see if Cameron and Jed make the finals.
“We’re so proud of him,” Frank said. “His mom worked a lot and we helped raise him. We’ll be watching this tournament pretty close.”