Greenbrier duo qualify for national fishing competition

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

APPLING, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Augusta area used to host some of the best fishermen in the world with the Bassmasters. While that's gone by the boards, we still have a number of competitive fishermen. Two of them, come from Greenbrier high school.

Football, basketball, and baseball may be the more popular high school sports, but Greenbrier's Cy Casey and Tanner Hadden have chosen competitive fishing.

"I've always fished growing up. I chose competitive fishing because it's active and you get to be outdoors. I just love fishing." Cy Casey said.

What this duo does is far from the recreational sport.

"Being able to learn something new every day. Every time I come out on the water, there's something different to learn. You have like weather, baits, just simple things. It really does help." added Casey.

Catching fish takes a lot of skill and a lot of strategizing and a little luck.

In competitive, there's always something on your mind. like where I'm going to go next, I need to catch more fish, the stress." Tanner Hadden said.

Stress comes with the territory and they've got it under control, despite one being a junior and the other a freshman.

"I'm good at fishing some things that Cy isn't. Cy's good at fishing things I'm not. So, we work well together." Tanner said.

The pair qualified at the Georgia state championship for the national fishing tournament in Alabama.

The duo had to qualify from a field of over 60 in the state tournament, just to make it to the national stage.