Take it from Roger Potter.
He knows fishing, and he knows West Point Lake. Potter was entered in the Reel 30 Bass Trail Tournament on Sunday, and he was on top of his game.
The man with the fishing plan watched his pole bend, but not break as he caught seven spotted bass. Potter’s bass weighed as much as two pounds each.
He caught enough to have a good seafood meal, but he let six of the fish go. As for his seventh catch of the day, Potter gave that spotted bass to a fellow angler along the fishing bank at Pyne Road Park.
“I had a nice day, and the fishing was beautiful,” said Potter, the tournament angler from Newnan.
He didn’t mind catching spotted bass either.
“They are aggressive. Sometimes you think you have a 10-pound largemouth, but you have a 2pound spot,” said Potter. “I was using crankbait, spinnerbait and plastic (worms). The temperature of the water was starting to come down, too, (at 76 degrees).”
Kevin Reynolds of La-Grange found the good side of the fishing as well. Reynolds weighed in two spotted bass at the tournament headquarters. He also let a lot of fish go during the heat of the tournament action.
“I caught 15 total (spotted bass). I caught fish throughout the day. I used mostly crankbait,” said Reynolds.
He was hoping for a little bit more.
“The water was kind of muddy,” said Reynolds, who didn’t quit crack the Top 5 in the tournament on West Point Lake.
The Reel 30 Bass Club wasn’t the only tournament on the lake either. Darrell Baker of Valley, Ala. fished in another tournament on Sunday. Baker was reeling with 11 largemouth and spotted bass.
Baker’s biggest bass was a 4.6-pounder, which he released back at Pyne Road Park on Sunday afternoon. Baker fished for the most part all day in five feet of water.
“I was using a crankbait, and the fishing was okay. It was windy,” said Baker, who teamed up with Dusty Crawly of Valley in the bass tournament.
And as Baker said, “I like the competition.”
He also treasured every pull of the fishing line. That did happen frequently for Baker and Crawly.