He was using his head and his fishing pole.
Spencer Barr had it all working on Sunday in the Kids Extreme Tournament. Barr, the 12 year old from Carrollton, teamed up with Mark Womack to win the bass tournament on West Point Lake on a very overcast day.
Barr still saw the light and the fish. With a little help from Womack, the fishing duo hauled in eight largemouth bass and two spots. Barr and Womack weighed in five of those fish for a first-place showing at 16.13 pounds.
They knew what to do.
“We were fishing around structures and brush piles. You have to know where to fish and how to fish,” said Barr.
He and Womack fished in water between five and eight feet. Barr and Womack caught all of their fish on either buzzbait or rattletrap lures. The winning team took home $400.
There was very little separating the champions from the runners-up. Taking second place with 16.04 pounds of bass was the fishing team of Gage and Michael Smith.
They won $250. Father and son, Mike and Zachary Sutherland of Newnan, finished third with 15.16 pounds of fish. Youth angler Zachary Sutherland caught most of the bass off his boat.
Sutherland weighed in five bass, including his prize catch, a 5.4-pound largemouth. The fishing Sutherlands had a good day with spinnerbait and crankbait. The third-place anglers also won $100.
“The weather was perfect. It wasn’t too hot, and it wasn’t too cold. It felt great, and I liked the competition,” said Zachary Sutherland.
Sixth-grader Sara Henderson of Newnan was on the lake, too. She and her father, Daniel Henderson, caught three bass.
“I worked hard. My goal was to have fun. If you compete and have fun and still don’t catch anything, it’s okay,” said Sara Henderson.
Sixty fish were weighed in on Sunday afternoon at the tournament headquarters at Highland Pines Resort & Marina.
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