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Garcia Gives Tournament Fishing a Try and Catches Six

Garcia Gives Tournament  Fishing a Try and Catches Six

Chris Fernsler

Sports Editor

Maybe it was beginner’s luck.

Whatever it was, young Ayden Garcia caught some squirmy, slippery bass on Sunday. Garcia is a 15-year-old novice from Hamilton.

And he is learning quickly.

"This is my first (bass) tournament. There is a lot of pressure out here. My heart was beating fast,” said Garcia.

The Harris County High student was entered in the one-day tournament on the West Georgia Bass Trail last weekend on West Point Lake. Garcia was glad he said “yes” to the invitation.

He and teammate Lonnie Hill of Pine Mountain eased in six spotted bass and largemouth with the clock ticking and the sun rising over the lake. Garcia is an ovcial tournament fisherman now.

“I felt an adrenaline rush, and I was learning new (fishing) techniques," said Garcia.

He and Hill were fishing with Shaky Head lures in water from 2 to 14 feet.

“We got back in the pockets and cover. It was beautiful, but I lost a big one (three to four pounds)," Hill said of his almost largemouth bass.

Milan Mathis of Warner Robins bent a few hooks, too. Mathis was teamed up with Ricky Harris of Thomaston in the bass tournament.

“It was rough. We lost 13 fish. That was gut-wrench ing. We lost a four-pounder and a three-pounder. But we caught two keepers,” said Mathis.

He and Harris were fish ing with swimjigs and crankbait at a depth of 24 feet and deeper. Two more tournament-tough anglers, Kevin Allen and Bryan Asay of Newnan, made 10 more catches.

Allen and Asay even boated a 4.93-pound large- mouth bass. That fish was taken in three feet of water with a Texas Rig.

"The fishing is just now

firing up. We found some clear water up the lake,” said Allen.

He and Asay weighed in 9.95 pounds of bass at the tournament headquarters at Pyne Road Park on Sunday afternoon.

"If you can find some wood, you can find the fish," said Allen.

The fishing duo of Char lie Williams of LaGrange and Michael Smith of Luthersville won the tournament on the West Georgia Bass Trail. Smith and Williams packed in 15.70 pounds of bass.

“This was pretty satisfying. Everybody wants to win. We even caught a 3-pound catfish on a jig lure (at 1.5 feet)," said Smith.

He and Williams caught the biggest bass of the tournament as well with a 5.78-pounder. That largemouth bass was caught with a Frog lure at a depth of less than two feet.

All of the tournament bass were released on West Point Lake.

Carlton Alford is always keeping the faith. The LaGrange angler came back with a bag full of bass after fishing on the West Georgia Bass Trail on Sunday.

There was an endless amount of boats and fishermen on the water on Sunday afternoon on the West Georgia Bass Trail. The tournament lineup included 54 teams and 108 anglers on West Point Lake.

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