The tournament namesake was there and forever accounted for.
Randy Crosby, the man of the hour and the local fishing legend, was even more important than the largemouth bass in Saturday’s fishing tournament on West Point Lake. And on that day the tournament of choice was the Randy Crosby Benefit Fishing Tournament.
“This is a great thing. There’s nothing like it, and I like to see people having fun,” said Crosby, who has spent 25 years on West Point Lake as a fishing guide, a good friend and a nature lover.
Crosby was back in his element at the tournament host site at Highland Marina. And Crosby, 64 years young, was the happiest man on the fishing planet.
“It’s good to know I have this many friends. I like seeing the ospreys and the eagles. And I like catching fish. That is my calling. It means more to me than anything,” said Crosby. “I like going out on West Point Lake in the morning and seeing the sun come up. That is one of the prettiest sights. Anybody who sees that and doesn’t believe in God has something wrong with them.”
As for Saturday, Crosby was back on his favorite lake to shake some hands, see some friends and soak up the winning outdoors atmosphere.
Crosby, who is fighting a serious neurological malady (he can’t walk anymore), used this day of fishing and kind words as a muchneeded medicine.
“This is a blessing. I’m going to walk again, and I’m glad to back at the lake. This is good therapy,” said Crosby, who watched the tournament weigh in and awards presentation intently.
One of Crosby’s fishing disciples, Charlie Williams of LaGrange, won the tournament with 17.04 pounds of largemouth bass. Williams won a standing ovation and $1,000. Williams was the second most popular man at the tournament behind Randy Crosby.
“I got my fish on jigs and in shallow water. I’ve been in fishing tournaments since I was as young as that little girl (over there),” said Williams. “I had one fish break my rod. The tournament was awesome, but you have to do your homework.”
Almost as ready for the fishing as Williams just happened to be the team of Danny Kee of LaGrange and Dennis Gaddy of Hogansville. They took home second place and $550 with 14.15 pounds of bass. The fish were released.
More fish were readily available out on West Point Lake. Randy Campbell and Tim McClendon shared a third place finish with a total weight of 14.03 pounds of fish. Campbell and Mc-Clendon received $350 of prize money.
Tyler O’Neal of Zebulon caught the “Big Bass” of the tournament. O’Neal reeled in 5.10 pounds of largemouth bass, a West Point Lake heavy eater.
“He almost snatched the rod out of my hand, and he got wrapped up in a tree. I was reeling, and he was pulling,” said O’Neal.
Randy Crosby totally approved.