The 2024 season of the GHSA Fishing League started off strong at Lake Seminole with a total of 243 teams coming out to try and qualify for their Final Championship in May. The anglers went thru a roller coaster of a weekend. There were showers on Friday morning, lots of sunshine and temperatures were in the upper sixties. Then came Saturday morning and the temperatures had fallen to about 28 and the wind was blowing out of the north and the high didn’t quite make it to forty. But none the less, the anglers hit the waters, in search of enough fish to win or at least enough fish to qualify.
The local Bainbridge Basscats team of Hayden Reynolds and Caleb Logue topped the field with a quality sack of fish weighing 19 pounds and 10 ounces for the win. Finishing in second was James Wall and Caden Brett of Perry High School with 17-03 pounds. Dawson County Tiger team of Carter Cunningham and Landon Glander brought 13-03 to the scales to secure a third-place finish. Dawson Nesbit and Rigby Brown of the Lee County Trojans finished fourth with 12-13. One ounce behind them in fifth place was the Colquitt County Packer team of Jake Wilkes and Joseph Jackson with 12-12. They always say, “If you are only going to catch one fish, you might as well catch a big one”. That is exactly what the Colquitt County Packer team of Carl Brown Jr and CJ Bryant did. They brought in just one fish, but it topped the scales at 9-08 to take the Big Bass Award for the event.
Most anglers seemed to be catching their fish on a variety of baits at depths from about six to fifteen feet of water. Jigs, Chatterbaits, Crankbaits, Jerkbaits and Creature Baits all were catching fish throughout the day. Most anglers reported that the fishing had been slowed down by the cold weather as they were only able to barely reach their five fish limits and most never caught enough keepers to even cull any during the day.