West Point regulars Daryl Adams and Tim Vanegmond can both relax for the next few years — their entry fees will be paid for all the tournaments they want to fish. This team split $35,000 for winning the 2008 Georgia State Championship, hosted by Highland Marina on West Point Nov. 1-2. The two anglers, who both have Skeeter Eliminator Series Elite 8 status, qualified to fish the event by finishing in the top five in a 2008 Georgia tournament that had 20 or more boats.
“We had 240 boats and competitors from six states,” said Mark Biagiotti with Highland. “This is the 21st-annual tournament, and the turnout was very good considering the economy. The largest was 325 boats three years ago.
“The lake was at full pool, and the weather was awesome. The fishing was tough because the lake has never been this full at this time of year. Fishermen had to change up their normal tactics, and the pattern seemed to be more of an early summer pattern with topwater baits producing well.”
Daryl and Tim caught their fish Saturday in Wehadkee Creek around boat docks in 5 to 6 feet of water using jigs. Then they located some big fish Saturday afternoon around some grass in 1 to 3 feet of water.
“Sunday we got up there, and nobody was there,” said Daryl.
Throwing Spro frogs and Senkos, they collected three fish that went a little better than 10 pounds. They picked up two keeper spots later, and their two-day weight of 24-lbs., 4-ozs. gave them nearly a half-pound cushion over second place.