Mr. West Point Lake: Crosby Receives Adulation, $3,284
Chris Fernsler Sports Editor
For more than two decades, Randy Crosby has been a fishing guide of prominence, promise and largemouth bass on West Point Lake.
Crosby has been a part of the mouth-watering, eye-catching backdrop at the lake for 25 years. The former iron man of prep football, Crosby, the exoffensive guard and defensive tackle for Griffin High School, has never had a truly bad day on the gridiron or on the lake.
“I played both ways in football (from 1970-72),” said Crosby.
He is pretty adept at fishing, too. Crosby and the fish on West Point Lake have an understanding. The bass are either going to be caught by Crosby or the people on his boat.
“West Point Lake is as good as there is, but you have to think like a fish. I read the wildlife. If you watch the birds and the animals, they will tell you when the fish are moving. The fish are more active when it’s raining. And when it is overcast, that is a good day for topwater (lures),” said Crosby.
He is as country as iced tea and dogwood trees.
“I can’t be in the city. That’s not me. I either need to be out in the woods or out on the lake. There is something about it. I got my first fishing rod when I was two years old,” said Crosby. “I used to go fishing with my grandpa. I sat down right beside him (and caught fish by the string full).”
Crosby has been catching fish ever since, minus only a few days.
“I caught 249 largemouth (bass) one day on West Point Lake. We were fishing in the backwater,” Crosby said of his fishing party. “We caught fish and caught fish. We caught 100 fish by 10 o’clock in the morning. The fish were piling up. We caught a lot of 5, 6, and 7-pounders.”
According to Crosby’s fiancé, Cheri Fletcher, there is no better angler than Crosby. He has a mind for fishing, and an appetite for catching and releasing.
“Randy can tell you the temperature of the water (without any electronics), and he knows where to go,” said Fletcher.
One of Crosby’s other great feats was hooking and catching a 32.3-pound striper on West Point Lake. Crosby was fishing with a live shad that day.
Crosby will never forget it.
“The striper hit like a freight train, and he took off like a rocket. I got him in 24 feet of water, and it took me 20 minutes to catch him,” said Crosby.
Unfortunately, Mr. West Point Lake has not been fishing lately. Crosby is nursing an illness that has him confined to a wheelchair. Crosby is not fishing or working on the lake as a guide right now, although he remains hopeful of doing so in the near future.
He is not a quitting man. Crosby did return to West Point Lake on Saturday for the very timely and heatfelt Randy Crosby Benefit Fishing Tournament. A total of $3,284 was raised for Crosby and given to him for medical expenses.
“I’ve been fishing my whole life, and I love people,” said Crosby.
On Saturday, his fishing buddies loved him right back.
“It is very humbling,” said tournament director Kenny Johnson.