Newton County Deputy Sheriff Darrell Anders has already made a name for himself in fishing circles inside of Georgia, but the three-time Angler of the Year is looking for a fourth consecutive title this season.
Anders, a 15-year member of the Metro Atlanta Hawg Hunters Bass Club, sits first overall in the organization points total with just six fishing dates left on the club’s schedule.
Anders earned the Metro Atlanta Hawg Hunters Angler of the Year award from 2010-2012, a feat that has never been accomplished in club history.
"Being Angler of the Year three years in a row has never been done in the club’s history," Anders said. "It’s a very hard thing to achieve. You have 40 or 50 guys gunning for you all year long, waiting on you to slip up.
"Some of these guys have fished these lakes for 30 or 40 years, and they are hard to beat," he said.
Anders is currently in first place in the 2013 Metro Atlanta Hawg Hunters standings. Anders has completed in nine events, landing 21 total fish through June.
Anders has almost doubled his second closest opponent’s points total, leading the way with 2,119.8 points. Odell Sanders,
who currently sits second in the club’s standings, is over 884 points behind Anders.
In the Metro Atlanta Hawg Hunters’ latest updated Web rankings, Anders has finished with two first-place finishes earlier this season — at Lake Guntersville April 6 and at Lake Eufaula May 4.
The MAHH will host its final event Dec. 7-8 at the Metro Classic. The site of the final event has yet to be determined.
Anders said he hopes to bring home a fourth title to Newton County.
"I’m going to try and four-peat," Anders said. "All the club members will have to bring their fishing A-game to the table."
The Metro Atlanta Hawg Hunters is a non-profit organization that commits itself to the sport of bass finishing. The group’s philosophy is predicated on upholding and preserving bass fishing by practicing catch and release fishing so that future anglers may enjoy the sport of bass fishing.
The club was founded in 1995 and now boasts close to fifty members.
For more information on the Metro Atlanta Hawg Hunters, visit the club’s official website at http://www.metroatlantahawghunters.net/.