Red Hawks bass fishing signs Knights’ Dellinger

Red Hawks bass fishing signs Knights’ Dellinger

LINCOLNTON, N.C. — Having fished ever since he could hold a rod and reel, Jeremy Dellinger has hooked his opportunity to better himself both educationally and through the sport he loves.

The North Lincoln High School senior signed Thursday morning to compete for Catawba Valley Community College's new bass fishing team, which is starting this fall.

"I immediately thought it was a great opportunity as kind of a gateway into the collegiate field," Dellinger said of signing with the Red Hawks. "It's really, really cool. It's something that is unique. There's no way to describe. Just being able to study on one side and at the same point in time you are bettering your skills to fish against some of the best college fisherman on the planet. It's very special and unique, and it's a great opportunity."

A decorated high school fisherman, Dellinger and teammate Joshua Lackey recently finished the 2018-19 BASS North Carolina Western Series tournament trail — a series of tournaments during the 2018-19 school year — with the most points of any duo (740).

Dellinger, who qualified nationally this school year for both the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) and Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) national high school tournaments, also finished third as a sophomore in 2017 at the FLW North Carolina state tournament held on Lake Kerry.

Dellinger has also competed in and won multiple times on the Big Bass Tour.

Off the water, Dellinger is a standout in the classroom, having been a member of North Lincoln High School's National Honor Society and BETA clubs, working with Habitat for Humanity and also serving in the Guiding Knights Mentorship program.

Dellinger said the jump from high school fishing at North Lincoln to collegiate fishing at CVCC will be a challenge, but he's more than ready for it.

"It's going to be a learning curve for me, but it's going to be very enjoyable," he said. "Obviously, I've fished in high school. It's been really fun to compete in the local tournaments with the high school guys as well as finishing my education here at North Lincoln. I look forward to it. I think it's going to be a very, very fun journey."

Dellinger plans to study math at CVCC with plans to transfer to one of five four-year engineering schools in North Carolina.