Early spring is always an exciting time in fishing, as fish begin to move around and begin their annual journey up to the shallows to spawn. As usual for this time of the year, the fish are in several different depth locations and will bite a wide variety of lures. This past weekend was no different. Out of the ninety teams that came to West Point Lake for the Student Angler Federation (SAF) Georgia High School State Championship, when they weighed their fish, they reported several different baits that were producing some really good limits. Many anglers were using Drop Shots, Ned Rigs and Carolina Rigs and were fishing out of the deeper points and channel swings to catch their fish anywhere from fifteen to fifty feet of water. Yet many others were simply power fishing with chatterbaits, spinnerbaits jigs and worms working their way down the bank in one to three feet of water. The other group was in between those groups and they were using crankbaits, buzzbaits and rattletraps to catch fish in six to eighteen feet of water. There was 586 pounds of fish weighed in with a whopping fifty teams bringing a limit to the scales. The Lew’s Reel Big Bass award went to the Gilmer High School team of Bryce Barclay and Haden West for their nice 5-pound 11-ounce lunker. They received two new Lew’s Reels for their efforts.
Taking home the title of Georgia State Champions was the Winder-Barrow team of Brett Boswell and Dylan Thayer with a nice sack that weighed 14-10 pounds. The Big Bass team of Bryce Barclay and Haden West finished second with a total weight of 13-15 pounds. Haralson County Rebels team of Dalton Tilley and Ethan Carter managed a top three finish with 12-14 pounds. Branton Champions and Jackson Behringer from Richmond Hill finished fourth with a good catch of 12-10 pounds. Rounding out the top five spots was the Newnan Cougar team of Gage Smith and Tayson Harrison with a good limit weighing 12-06 pounds. Congratulations to all the teams this weekend, we had a great event.
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Photos from the SAF GA High School event at West Point can be found by CLICKING HERE