Cindy Hemendinger has her priorities set. She has always been like that.
According to the Dothan, Ala. native, “I love football and fishing.”
So naturally on her sixth wedding anniversary last weekend, Cindy and Steve Hemendinger decided to spend the most special of days on the lake fishing. They had no regrets on Sunday.
The fishing husband and wife were ushered to some smoking hot fishing holes, courtesy of Newnan fishing guide James Jordan.
“He is the best guide on the lake. He’s a veteran. He’s a good guy, and he came highly recommended,” said Steve Hemendinger.
He and his wife spent the day catching fish and celebrating their marriage on West Point Lake. The Hemendingers piled up the fish, 31 of them, with some five-pound hybrid bass and some threepound stripers.
“We just love to fish. They were pulling hard, and I’m good. It felt like I had an orca (killer whale) on some of those catches,” said Cindy Hemendinger.
She and her husband were taking the advice from James Jordan. The Hemendingers were fishing 20 feet deep with live shad. They were catching bass at a rapid rate, too.
“When we go on a charter we expect to catch fish,” said Steve Hemendinger.
He and his wife were at the right place most of the time. That was the fishing theme on Sunday on West Point Lake.
“The bigger fish are starting to show up,” said Jordan.
Marty Redden of Whitesburg found the lake to be exceedingly windy, like Jordan. Redden also rounded up some largemouth bass, a couple of 2.5-pounders.
He was fishing eight to 10 feet deep with an artificial lure.
“I was getting some more time on the water. Good fishermen know where the structure is. I think the fishing is getting better,” said Redden.
David and Debbie Mc-Carty of Thomaston also know the fishing is on the uptick. This husband and wife team reeled in seven largemouth and spotted bass. Their better catches weighed 1.5 pounds each.
The McCartys were fishing with crankbait in 12 feet of water.
“I caught more than he did. I got six (fish). I don’t know what I’m doing. It just happens,” said Debbie McCarty.
She and her husband caught the bass at more than one location, too.
“We caught them over there (near Highland Pines Resort and Marina), and we caught some at the Boy Scout Camp,” said David McCarty.
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Left: Steve and Cindy Hemendinger spent their wedding anniversary by catching fish, including stripers, on West Point Lake on Sunday. The Hemendingers also caught some hybrid bass.
Above: James Jordan gets ready to clean a striped bass on Sunday afternoon on West Point Lake. Jordan is a fishing guide from Newnan.
Left: Fishing guide James Jordan cleans another bass at Highland Pines Resort and Marina on Sunday afternoon. The stripers and hybrids were biting.