Jesse Freeman got what he wanted – a day on the lake and a bucket full of fish.
Freeman, the youth angler from Wadley, Ala., caught nine fish in the West Georgia Bass Club Tournament on Sunday on a chilly West Point Lake. Freeman caught and released a bunch of threepound bass. “I was out there trying to catch some big fish. It was pretty good, too. Fishing takes my mind off some stuff,” said Freeman.
He was one of 134 anglers in the one-day tournament. There were 67 teams on the lake.
More than 300 bass were caught and released in the tournament. The bass were there for the taking.
“The fish were biting, and we caught a lot. It was cold and sunny. And when it’s cold, the fish bite. Some big ones were caught,” said Matt Headrick, the director of the West Georgia Bass Club Tournament.
The biggest fish of the tournament was a 5.79pound largemouth. Fishermen from Newnan, Peachtree City, Carrollton, Villa Rica and LaGrange competed in the tournament.
There were also anglers from Roanoke, Ala. on the lake. Tim Reeves of La-Grange and Tim Pruitt from Easley, S.C. did some catching and releasing, too.
They caught 15 bass – spots and largemouth. Pruitt and Reeves fished in water between three and 18 feet.
“We kept our hooks in the water. You never know what you’re going to pull up. It could be a 10pounder,” said Reeves.
He and Pruitt fished and caught bass with Senko lures and jigs.
“It was calm and windy on the lake. But the bite was picking up,” said Reeves. “This is a big fishing lake.”
West Point delivered, too, with lots of bass weighing 4.5 pounds and over.
“It’s the thrill of the catch,” said fisherman James Gregory of LaFayette, Ala.
That’s for sure.
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Chris Fernsler Sports Writer