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Kenneth Boone / The Outlook

It was a great start for Dadeville’s fishing team Saturday as the Tigers kicked off the Alabama Student Anglers Bass Fishing Association tournament trail with a third-place finish on Lake Martin.

Saturday’s competition was the first of the spring tournament trail and the Tigers had two really strong individual boats which helped them take third overall. The top three boats from each team are factored into the final standings.

Dadeville’s Ruskin Gold and Buster Coker had the best local finish of the day, capturing fourth place. They bagged a five-fish limit that weighed in at 11.61 pounds. They were less than 1.5 pounds away from the winning boat, which hailed from Holtville.

Following closely behind were Gauge Daniel and Jordan Rambo, who took sixth overall with a bag of 11.17 pounds. Squeezing into the top 50 and helping the Tigers in their team standings were Dillon Burns and Eli Pritchard. The duo caught five fish that totaled 7.63 pounds; although it didn’t seem like much, the pair are what kept Dadeville ahead of Holtville in the team standings.

Benjamin Russell had its second-best finish ever in a spring tournament as the Wildcats placed seventh as a team. It was their best tournament on Lake Martin, which BRHS coach Josh Williams said always seems to be an Achilles’ heel for the Wildcats despite the seeming advantage.

The top boat for the Wildcats was Jackson Kelly and Camden Adair, who collected 11.57 pounds worth of fish, which was good enough for fifth place overall.

All five Benjamin Russell boats caught their five-fish limit and all placed in the top 110 out of more than 200 boats. The other scoring boats for the Wildcats were Jacob Jones and Will Coats, who took 28th with 2.05 pounds, and Peyton Haas and Drake Hand, who captured 39th with 7.88 pounds.

Reeltown’s team just missed out on the top 10, placing 11th overall. The Rebels’ best finish was from Michael Reynolds and Colt Adcock, whose fish weighed in at 8.38 pounds, which was good enough for 27th place. Brody Newman and Logan Dunn also got into the top 50, finishing 34th overall with 8.22 pounds.

As for Horseshoe Bend, the Generals still managed to take 24th as a team out of 41 competitors despite having only four boats. Kolbe Giddens and Alex Harris manned their top boat, placing 44th with 7.66 pounds worth of fish.

Lizi Arbogast is the sports editor at Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc.