Two Dawson County High School senior members of the fishing club took eighth place during the final Georgia High School Fishing tournament of the year at Lake Lanier on May 7.
Colin Glover and Austin Young were eighth out of 91 boats participating in the last fishing trail of the season. Their weight of 12.80 pounds earned them the spot.
Teams turn in five fish each.
"We thought we had what it took to win it when we first went up there and all throughout the day," Glover said. "We caught ‘em good, we just didn't have enough."
Denton Bailey and Kristian Kelley took 21st at 9.63 pounds.
The club has 25 members who participate regularly in the GHSF and the Glover and Young team is one of three senior teams in the club.
"I wish I had one more year of it. I have done it all four years," Glover said about the final event.
Over the course of the season, points are tallied from each of the events and the team of Tristan Melton and Cade Perry finished 13th overall for the year while the Glover and Young team was 16th out of 109 total teams.
"Everyone had a terrific year fishing although we experienced crazy weather from super hot in November to pouring down rain in April and ending with a chilly day in May," said Donna Melton, sponsor of the fishing club at DCHS. "We are still in need of boat captains for next year if anyone would like to volunteer their time to help high school boys enjoy fishing."
Volunteers drive boats for the students and also offer suggestions on baits.
Without the volunteers, the club would not be successful according to Melton.
Glover said he plans to return next year to volunteer as a captain.
With all of the variables involved, from the right spot to the right bait, luck often plays a part.
"There is some skill, but it is really just luck, being there at the right time," Glover said.
Teams compete by boat, not by school.
DCHS club members Matthew McCracken and Justin Butler finished 29th on the year and the team of Brise Henson and Trey Dixon were 30th.