WARTBURG (WATE) – The Morgan County community is congratulating one of its own for winning a national fishing competition. Brad Knight from Lancing, Tennessee, won the Forrest Wood Cup competition in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Knight and his family were welcomed home by crowds of people cheering. They filled the area in front of the county’s courthouse with signs, T-shirts and a banner.
“I had no idea the magnitude of this stuff. So special to be able to celebrate with all my friends and family and people you grew up with. It’s unbelievable,” said Knight.
He gained national attention over the weekend when he won the Professional Bass Fishing’s Forrest Wood Cup. He reeled in a total of 51 pounds, 12 ounces of fish and earned a trophy along with a check for $500,000.
He said the trophy isn’t necessarily just for him, but for the entire community.
“It’s our award. I feel like I share it with each and every one of these people out here,” said Knight.
What some may not know is this is the second time Knight competed in the competition. He placed 15th last year, but that didn’t stop him from trying again.
“It’s just been unreal. I mean I can’t really express in words the feeling. It’s the most dream-like state I’ve been in,” said Knight.
Family members were there in Arkansas and said Knight had wanted this for a long time.
“I’m just so proud. Just proud to say he’s my son and that he’s achieved his dream,” said Knight’s mother Susan.
Knight said he plans to use some of the money for his daughter’s college education. The rest will be used to pay some bills.