The former two-sport standout at Alcorn Central High School is focusing on collegiate fishing these days. He and partner, Justin Atkins, of New Hope, recently finished among the top 15 teams in the nation at the Carhartt Bassmasters College Series National Championship in Young Harris, Ga.
"I have grown up watching it on television and it was always a dream of mine to fish at the collegiate level," said Gann while traveling back to school. "I have been real fortunate … it's one of those bucket list type of things for me."
Gann and Atkins reeled in a 14th place finish in their first trip to the college series. The pair caught nine fish for a 19.15 weight total. They were part of four Southeastern Conference teams to place among the top 15.
Auburn University of Montgomery's Jacob Nummy and Tom Frink captured the national title.
"We had some boat problems that cost us the first day," said Gann. "We needed three more pounds to fish another day."
The MSU team qualified for the national championship event with a 12th place showing at the College Bassmasters Southeast Regional in Tavares, Fla. Eighty-two teams took part in the regional held in January. Gann and Atkins netted a two-day total of 26 pounds to move on to the national event.
"I have learned a lot watching other people," said the Alcorn Central graduate. "Fishing on the collegiate level has given me the chance to get outside the state and fish … it's something I hope I am able to do again this year."