Columbus anglers win tourney

Columbus resident Jeffrey Davis collects his team's first place check from West Point High fishing coach and tournament organizer Tim White.
Staff Writer

While 44 teams from across the state turned out, local knowledge paid off on Columbus Lake Saturday for the winners of the West High School fishing team benefit bass tournament.

Columbus anglers Jeffrey Davis and Mitch Crane took first place, boating five bass weighing 19.06 pounds to edge out Gene Brown of West Point and Jamie Long of Amory who netted five fish weighing 18.05 pounds.

West Point resident Eddie Armstrong teamed up with Maben resident Josh Hamilton for third place with five bass weighing 15.66 pounds.

Will Dupler was fourth with 14.18 pounds and Earl Lancaster and Hunter Davidson took fifth with 14.04 pounds.

Dalton and Alan Smith of Brandon, Miss,, took home $420 for big fish with a 4.98 pound bass.

After their first tournament got canceled last weekend because of dangerous waters, the West Point team, which has the defending high school state champions, return to competition next weekend at a tournament on the Tenn-Tom Waterway out of Aliceville, Alabama.

The West Point team has 16 members, including four women.

"We were very pleased. Even with the weather forecast for storms, we beat the number of boats we had last year. This support and participation helps these kids so much," said WPHS fishing team coach and tournament organizer Tim White. "We can't thank the teams or our sponsors enough for giving these kids a chance to do what they love."