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The Covington News is looking to expand its coverage of the area's outdoor sports and its sportsmen. The News will dedicate this space to stories, calendar items and photos of fishing, hunting and other outdoor sports.

With the weather warming up more people are headed toward the lakes and streams near Covington.
Along with the weather, in a little over a week there will be another reason to do so.

The Rod Benders Bass Club, featuring members from the Covington and Conyers area, hosts its Seventh Annual Home Coming Tournament.

The tournament is April 14 at West Point Lake in LaGrange Ga starting at 3 p.m.

Sixty percent of the proceeds go toward Rod Benders Bass Club's Kids Tournament. The kids tournament has been put on for seven straight years by the 38-year old club and gets kids from all walks of life involved in the sport.

Children are invited from various organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, YWCA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and various church organizations.

Last year's event brought in 255 kids funded by the proceeds from the Home Coming tournament and sponsors, including J.J.'s Magic, The Oxygenator, LaserLure and KB Custom.

The kids tournament will be held at Bennett Lake in Monticello, Ga. in July. However, prior to that event Ron Benders Bass Club is focused on April 14.

The 40 percent of its proceeds that do not go toward the children's tournament go toward payouts, including the $2,500 first place award. Entry fees for the event is $160 per boat or $140 pre-registered online at

The tournament will begin from the Pyne Road Park Mega Ramp.

The Rod Benders Bass Club is made up of 48 members from Metro Atlanta, including eight from Newton and Rockdale counties.

The Club has 35 boats and participates in various Bass tournaments throughout the year.

Eddie Champion is the President and a founding member and Conyers resident Richard Smith is Vice President.

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