LaGrange is Where People Come to Relax, Unwind and Fish
Chris Fernsler Sports Editor
Never underestimate your hometown.
For the 30,291 citizens of LaGrange, it is just a sleepy, little Southern town with down home values, crispy fried chicken and a church on every corner. LaGrange is a blip on the screen of mankind.
But to other people who come from the land of skyscrapers, smog and bumper-to-bumper traffic, LaGrange is a needed diversion from the hectic big city life.
People by the boat load and the Winnebagos come to LaGrange every day out of the year for some basic and wanted needs – rest, relaxation and friendly faces.
And more. In its own special way, LaGrange is fully capable of supplying more of the wholesome ingredients, along with a glass of cold iced tea.
LaGrange is a special place for people like husband- and-wife, Ron and Lottie Simmons, of Riverdale (an Atlanta suburb).
“For over 25 years we have been coming down here. This is like a different world. We love this area. The people of La-Grange are nice. We come from the hustle and the noise of Atlanta,” said Ron Simmons, the former professional wrestler and the two-time football All-American at Florida State (1979-80).
Simmons and his wife can’t ever get enough of LaGrange and Troup County.
“You aren’t human if you can’t love this. We like the serenity and the nature (in LaGrange). It’s peaceful here, and they have a great college (La-Grange College),” said Ron Simmons.
He and Lottie Simmons also keep returning to La-Grange for the fishing on West Point Lake. This husband- and-wife like catching fish, making new friends and eating some country barbecue.
“The fishing is great here. We are looking for panfish and bream. You don’t know what you’re going to pull up. I caught a seven-pound (largemouth) bass here one time. Nothing beats this,” said Ron Simmons.
His wife concurs and fished some more. She was using live worms earlier this week on West Point Lake.
“My dream is to catch a crappie. But it doesn’t matter what you catch. There is a variety of fish (in the lake),” said Lottie Simmons.
She got her wish on Tuesday afternoon as she reeled in a West Point Lake crappie while fishing from the bank at Highland Pines Resort and Marina. Simmons was fishing at a depth of three feet.
Spotted bass were jumping all around Simmons and her husband.
“You have to know how to fish the lake. You need to fish farther out (from shore). There is always the anticipation (of what you are going to catch). I have caught bream and cats (catfish) in here (many times),” said Ron Simmons, the college football Hall of Famer, who played for Bobby Bowden at FSU.
The fishing in LaGrange and on West Point Lake was pretty doggone good for Andy Binegar this week, too. Binegar is a fishing guide from Peachtree City.
And on Tuesday afternoon in a brief period of time, Binegar went trolling and fishing and hooked into seven stripped bass. They weighed from three to five pounds.
Binegar couldn’t wait to return to West Point Lake the very next day. The lake has always produced stripers for Binegar.
“The fishing is fantastic. The water is semi-clear. There is quantity and quality on West Point Lake. And the stripers are a hard-fighting fish,” said Binegar.
He released all seven of his stripped bass on Tuesday. Binegar is a sportsman, a fishing guide and a fair-minded outdoorsman.
He is also a West Point Lake fishing disciple. And Binegar keeps coming back like Ron and Lottie Simmons for the La-Grange hospitality and the fish.
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There were anglers, fishing poles and crappie to be caught on West Point Lake this week. Stripers and hybrid bass are biting, too.
Lottie Simmons made a Tuesday afternoon catch on West Point Lake. The lady angler from Riverdale was fishing with live worms in three feet of water.
College football Hall of Famer and former pro wrestler Ron Simmons had a good day of fishing on West Point Lake on Tuesday afternoon. Simmons, the ex Florida State All-American defensive tackle, caught some finicky panfish on the lake.