Community helping high school angler

Community rallies to help replace stolen fishing tackle

For the past four years, Cody Miles and his dad, Jason, have put together fishing gear and tackle that would cover just about any lake conditions.

Cody, a senior at Benton Consolidated High School, was well set to continue his success in his final year of high school bass fishing competition.

That was until a trip to compete in a tournament in South Carolina earlier this month.

Although Cody’s dad had accompanied him on every tournament trip, this year, the family of his new fishing partner, freshman Laundered Richardson, stepped up to split those duties.

The group set out for a tournament on Lake Hartwell near Anderson, S.C., last month. Everything was smooth sailing. They were checked in at a local hotel. With the gear tucked away in the boat that was parked next to the hotel office near security cameras, Cody and the group left to attend the tournament meeting.

“My husband had packed two large bags of fishing tackle to send with Cody,” said his stepmom, Kristina Miles. “While Cody and his partner were at the tournament meeting, someone stole both bags of tackle out of the boat.”…Full Story