by Andrew Harmon
Dedication paid off once more for Spurger's Pirate bass club team members Cory Hyden and Colton Haynes, as they climbed into their boat on Saturday morning, January 7. Facing frigid temperatures ranging between 18-36 degrees, the pair competed in the fourth qualifier of the Deep East Texas High School Fishing Series.
Weighing in five fish, for a total of 16.25 pounds, the two managed to win third place at the event held at Jackson Hill Park and Marina in Broaddus. These points are sure to boost the standings of the team, which was sitting in fifth place for the season prior to this qualifier.
Deep East Texas High School Fishing Series provides student anglers and their families the opportunity to fish in a professionally run tournament setting with fun, prizes and opportunities to qualify for series, state and national championships.
On February 18, DETX will hold its fifth qualifier and Sweet Six Invitational. With continued success, Hyden and Haynes will be well on their way to another successful fishing season for Spurger's Pirate bass club.