River City Bass Masters fishing club honors longtime member

The River City Bass Masters honored one of their own last week.

Bill Champion was recognized for 40 years of membership during a special meeting held last week at Mr. G’s restaurant in Demopolis. He is one of the charter members of the club dating back to when it was established in 1980.

The River City Bass Masters honored charter member Bill Champion, center, upon his 40th anniversary with the club. Pictured with Champion are club members Michael Pope, left, and Gregg McPherson.

“It started with a bunch of guys hanging out at Willingham Sports who decided they wanted to start a bass club,” Champion said.

River City Bass Club member Michael Pope said the local club hosts several tournaments each year, including a top 12 fish-off at the end of the season. Members primarily fish on the Black Warrior, Tombigbee and Alabama rivers.

More information about the River City Bass Masters can be found on their Facebook page.

(This article originally appeared in the Wednesday, February 26 issue of the Demopolis Times.)