Reeves Rounds Up Classic Bass Fishing Championship

Nobody can wiggle his fishing lure quite like Toby Reeves.

The LaGrange fisherman made all the right calls and most of the heavyweight catches as he won the Reel 30 Bass Trail Classic championship last weekend on not one, but two lakes. Day No. 1 of the tournament was held on Lake Harding.

That was followed by some sun and fun on West Point Lake last Sunday. Reeves won the tournament title with a two-day total of 10 largemouth bass and 20.51 pounds of fish. Reeves was issued a check for $2,400.

“Practice makes perfect. He (Reeves) got some extra cash so he can buy some more fishing stuff. The tournament was awesome, and it means the world to us,” said Larry McManus, the director of the Reel 30 Bass Trail Classic.

More than 300 pounds of fish were weighed in during the two days of the tournament. Most of the catches were largemouth bass.

“Everybody caught a lot of fish, and this was for bragging rights for the competitors. The fishermen were sitting on pins and needles (at the weigh in),” said Mc-Manus.

Shawn Bishop of La-Grange was reeling, too. Bishop took second place with 20.16 pounds of bass. Bishop won $1,500 for his runner-up finish. But he also pulled in the “Big Bass” on Sunday. Bishop’s bass weighed 7.2 pounds.

On Saturday, the “Big Bass” of the tournament was Wayne Norred’s largemouth that weighed in at just over four pounds. Also looking good and finishing high in the two-day standings were Matt Cotton and Roger Grizzard of La-Grange.

Cotton and Grizzard placed third and fourth in the tournament. Cotton, who won $900, had a total weight of 20.15 pounds of fish. Grizzard pocketed $500 for fourth place.

Also on Sunday afternoon at Highland Marina, Shawn Bishop was named the Angler of the Year on the Reel 30 Bass Trail. Finishing second, third and fourth in those standings were Reeves, Greg Tucker and Roger Hendrix.

The tournament had anglers from Cumming, Sharpsburg, LaGrange, Fortson, Smiths Station, Ala. and Phenix City. Thirty tournament anglers were out on Lake Harding and West Point Lake last weekend.