Ola High anglers qualify for championship

Local duo to compete in state fishing tournament

For Ola High School sophomores Christopher Newman and Josh Rogers, fishing is about more than relaxing on a boat with a line in the water.

Indeed, for them, it’s all about the adrenaline rush they get from doing it.

  “You don’t know exactly what you’re going to catch,” said Newman, 15. “If you do hook into a big one, that feeling – that adrenaline rush – it’s just fun.”


“When you’re trying to land them and turn them, that’s the real fun part,” added Rogers, 16. “It’s like something anybody else enjoys. If you like playing baseball or something, it’s the same thing. It’s the same for us. How would you feel doing whatever you like to do?”

  Newman and Rogers, both of McDonough, recently placed fourth out of 144 teams to qualify for the statewide Bassmaster High School Fishing Tournament. The event is set for June 7-8 at Lake Clarks Hill on the Savannah River.

  Newman is also a member of the wrestling team at Ola High School, whereas Rogers is a catcher for the baseball team. Although both teenagers acknowledged that fishing is perhaps a more laid-back sport, they maintained that a certain amount of strategy is required to be successful at it.

  “When you’re wrestling, you’re basically fighting and doing moves,” said Newman. “In fishing, you’re just kind of relaxed, casting and reeling them in. You don’t really practice every single day. You go out there and pre-fish the lake the day before or the week before, to see where the fish are at and what depth.”

  The goal of the state tournament is to determine who can catch the most weight for five fish in an nine-hour period.The duo earned a slot in the event during a competition earlier this month at Lake Blackshear, where they caught a total of 12.67 pounds of fish….Full Story