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Team makes big catches in tournament

This one was no fish tale, and they've got the numbers to prove it.

Steve Perdue of Thomson and Steve Huff of Dearing recently scored big in the Georgia State Bass Fishing Championship- Highland Marina Resort Invitational.

"We had a wonderful trip," Mr. Perdue said. "Not only did we do well fishing, but all the camaraderie was great and everything was just absolutely wonderful."

Fishing as a team, the two caught 23 pounds worth of largemouth bass, earning $2,110 and placing them 11th in the tournament of 302 boats.

Mr. Perdue had the third largest catch on the first day of the tournament, with a 6.7-pound largemouth. He did even better the second day, catching an eight-pounder. Those two catches are what helped, Mr. Perdue said, because the maximum number of fish that could be turned in for the tournament was five.

"And I caught both of them within a foot of the same spot," he said with a laugh. "Two fish on two separate days. I just approached it from a different direction the second day."

Although they have been friends for years, this particular tournament the first weekend of November was the men's first opportunity to fish as a team. Mr. Perdue said they normally compete against each other, but his usual partner was unable to make the tournament. And it had been seven years since Mr. Perdue had even fished in the state tournament.

"So, I made up my mind this time that I'm not going to miss this one," he said.

Various circumstances led them to using Mr. Huff's boat with Mr. Perdue fishing from the front. The combination seemed to work well. But Mr. Perdue said there was one more member of the team that made the weekend a success -- Mr. Huff's father, Floyd Huff, camped with them and cooked their meals.

"How great it was to have him with us," Mr. Perdue said. "He would get up every morning, both practice days and tournament days, and cook us eggs and bacon and grits before we went out. He fixed us sandwiches to take with us. That made the day go by really well."

Mr. Perdue qualified for the tournament by placing in the top five of the Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail.

"We don't fish for a living, we fish for fun," he said.

Web posted on Thursday, December 10, 2009

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