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After hitting the books, Flowery Branch students bait a hook
High School fishing team to compete Sunday
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Chazz Reed and Tyler Howington fish from their boat Thursday at Hideaway Bay Marina in Flowery Branch. Flowery Branch High School is the most recent to make a fishing club available for students to join. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Flowery Branch High School is the most recent to jump on the fishing club bandwagon, thanks mostly to mom Amy Hammock. East Hall High and North Hall High both have clubs, too.

“It’s great for kids that aren’t as athletically inclined,” Hammock said.

Her son Avery Hammock, 15, has been fishing regularly for five years and wanted to be able to compete with other kids his age.

“I’ve really been wanting to do that,” Avery said.

Now the club meets every month and sometimes local fishermen speak to the group about fishing techniques.

“(The fishermen) want to make sure they keep the sport alive, especially in this age of technology,” Amy said.

The Anglers Club, which is advised by Flowery Branch High teacher Austin Brown, has about 35 members and seven teams of two.

Peyton Vinson and Justin Quick are ranked No. 2 in the Georgia High School Fishing Tournament circuit after they won the tournament in October.

Avery, Alex Salb, Chris Davis, Nathan Shedd, Tyler Howington, Chazz Reed, Cody Lunsford, Bailey Carpenter, Austin Slade, Logan Thompson, Andrew Holt and Christopher Plummer are also competing in a tournament Sunday at Little Hall Park.

“It’s a great group of kids,” Amy Hammock said.

The club is mostly made up of freshmen and sophomores.

To get ready for a tournament, the teams don’t meet for practices, but each member “pre-fishes” in Lake Lanier on weekends.

Avery and his dad Chad Hammock usually get out two or three times a month to fish.

“I’m sure they’d like to go more often,” Amy Hammock said.

Chad said he isn’t as passionate about fishing as his son is.

He gets involved in the sport by being the captain of his son’s team.

Captain duties involve driving the boat, teaching them about responsibilities of maintaining a boat, the importance of water temperatures, lure use and more.

“It’s rewarding watching them,” Chad said.

For Mai Shedd, Nathan Shedd’s mom, practices come as often as twice a week.

Since they own a boat, Nathan gets out on the lake often and has been fishing since he was around 4 years old. The Flowery Branch Anglers Club is his first time being on a team for fishing.

Nathan is so passionate about the sport that he quit tennis for it, even missing his last match in order to practice for a fishing tournament.

“For me, it’s watching him enjoy his passion,” Mai said.

 

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