• Mary Harrison

CHS fishing club holds first tournament

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, the Cairo High School fishing club, better know as the BassMakers, held their club’s inaugurating fishing tournament from 9 to 11:30 at the house of Cal and Rachel Lauder. Members of the BassMakers, a fishing club begun at CHS in the 2017-2018 school year, competed for two trophies and had a wonderful time, according to CHS Principal Chris Lokey and fishing club sponsor Coach Brandon Robinson.

Novices and pros alike showed up at the Lauder family’s lakes to fish for a trophy, Mr. Lokey told The Red & Black. During the club’s first event, participants were allowed to catch and keep fish of any type (including brim and catfish), but only bass were counted in the competition.

Eleven people vied for the Most Fish Caught and Big Bass trophies donated by I Can of Cairo: Josh Amaroso, Brandon Cook, Tanner Cook, Jakari Corker, Telly Fortner, Tyler Grebey, Dawson Humphries, Jimmy Jiminez, Callie Lauder, Austin Mobley, Issac Williams, and Sedrick Williams. At the end of the day, Humphries reeled in nine bass to clinch the Most Fish Caught award, and Grebey received a trophy for catching the biggest bass. See the slide-show at the beginning of this article to view pictures of both boys with their trophies.

“Unfortunately, this is the only event that will be held this school year,” Coach Robinson, BassMakers sponsor, told The Red & Black, “but we will be looking to have many more starting this summer.” Tired Creek Lake, opening on Memorial Day, according to WGRA, is one sought after tournament location.

The CHS BassMakers was formed this year, inspired by student interest. “We had talk among the student body of wanting to start a fishing club, and students really had an interest in it,” said Mr. Lokey, “and [we came together] and said ‘Why don’t we go ahead and start this fishing club?’”

The Principal received a positive response from the student body (the club containing upwards of 35 or 40 members), and is planning on continuing BassMakers next year. He hopes the club will eventually compete in tournaments on the state level against other high schools, like the Syrupmaker sports programs.

Any CHS student interested in being part of the fishing club and their events next school year needs to sign up and attend BassMakers meetings, held this year on Club B schedule.