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High school fishing club team takes second place in tourney
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Tristan Melton (left) and Cade Perry show off some of their winning fish from a Nov. 13 tournament. - photo by For the Dawson County News

The Dawson County High School Fishing Club recently competed in one of six tournaments for the Georgia High School Fishing Trail.

According to club sponsor, Donna Melton, it is the premier high school bass fishing tournament organization in North Georgia.

One of the club's teams-the duo of Tristan Melton and Cade Perry-took second place overall out of 98 boats in the competition on Nov. 13.

Melton and Perry turned a bag weighing 17.26 pounds to snag the number two spot.

The next event on the GHSF tournament trail is on March 19, 2017.

The club currently has 25 members who are participating in the GHSF.

"There are five tournaments held out of Little Hall Park," Melton said. "The final event will be the GHSF Challenge held on Lake Chickamauga on June 10-11."

Teams compete by boat, not by school.

The duos accumulate points along the trail throughout the season and the top two teams in overall standings after the final trail tournament receive a supplement to attend the high school world finals.

Brise Henson and Trey Dixon took the 12th spot in the Nov. 13 event with a weight of 10.77 pounds.

After three events, the Melton and Perry team are currently ranked 18 overall out of 109 teams.

Melton said that without the volunteers who drive boats for the students as well as make suggestions on baits, the club would not be successful.

This year's volunteers include: Milton Chester, Shane Henson, Michael Perry, Jody Pressley, Stevie Mulkey, Kevin Sams, Jim Browning, Matt Nelson and others who have helped the students.

Fishing is considered a growing sport and some colleges are now beginning to offer scholarships for it, despite the fact it is not considered a sport by the Georgia High School Association, according to Melton.

The Bass Federation (TBF) Student Angler Federation sponsors the Georgia State Fishing Championship. This year's tournament will be held on Feb. 11 at West Point Lake in LaGrange.