Buquet wins big on the Atchafalaya Basin
ATHENS, Ala. – Ronnie R. Buquet scored a decisive wire-to-wire victory during the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Louisiana Division 13 two-day divisional championship, held Sept. 14-15, 2013, on the Atchafalaya Basin.
Running out of Doiron’s Landing near Morgan City, La., the Houma, La., angler won with a two-day limit of 10 bass weighing 35.40 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.06-pound kicker that also won the Boater Division big bass title and an extra $180 in big bass cash.
On Day 1, Buquet held the lead with 16.84 pounds including a 3.90-pound kicker. On the second day, he brought in 18.56 pounds, the largest single-day bag of the event, to seal the victory. For the win, Buquet took home a check for $2,868.
“The key was looking for moving water,” Buquet revealed. “I was going for a reaction bite on a green pumpkin Stanley Ribbit Frog. On Day 1, I had all the fish I needed by 8:30 a.m. On the second day, they didn’t bite as well so I had to aggravate them and make them hit it. Sometimes, I had to throw a frog up to 15 times in one spot. I probably caught 25 fish in the event with 21 keepers.”
Maintaining second throughout the event, Casey St. Romain of Morgan City, La., finished with two consecutive five-bass daily tournament limits going 24.70 pounds. On Day 1, Romain landed 12.60 pounds with a 3.21-pound kicker. He brought in 12.10 pounds on the final day to collect $1,434.
“On the first day, I hit as many cypress trees as I could with a 3/8-ounce Hurricane spinnerbait, a buzzbait or a Rapala Cranking Rap crankbait,” St. Romain explained. “I had a limit by 8 a.m. On the second day, I had to move around a bit more and work harder for them. I caught some fish punching mats with a speed craw on a 3/4-ounce weight. I caught a couple good fish on Livingston Lures. I caught about 40 fish including 20 keepers in the event.”
Billy Billeaud of Lafayette, La., put a lock on third place with 10 bass and 20.48 pounds. He held third for the boaters on Day 1 with 10.68 pounds. He caught 9.80 pounds on the final day.
In fourth place for the boaters, Kyle D. Bush of Saint Amant, La., found 10 keepers for 20.21 pounds with a 2.40-pound kicker. He held 11th place on Day 1 with 9.50 pounds and added 10.71 pounds on the second day to jump seven spots.
Thomas Goins of Denham Springs, La., rounded out the top five boaters with a two-day limit of 10 bass at 19.81 pounds including a 3.20-pound kicker. He placed eighth after one day with 9.69 pounds. On Day 2, he moved up three places with a 10.12-pound bag.
In the Co-Angler Division, Casey B. Cramer of Slidell, La., took it all with a two-day limit of six bass for 15.31 pounds. He put his victory on ice with a 4.85-pound kicker that won tournament lunker honors. On Day 1, he held 21st place with 4.49 pounds. He tallied a 10.82-pound bag on the second day, the largest single-day bag caught by any co-angler, to pocket a check for $1,446 with a $42.50 big bass bonus.
“I caught my two biggest fish punching mats with an Okeechobee rig,” Cramer advised. “I caught other fish on spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged speed craws. On the second day, I caught my two biggest fish late in the day after the sun pushed the bass back under the mats.”
Taking second for the co-anglers, Joel A. Mayer of Gonzales, La., brought in two consecutive three-bass daily division limits for 13.99 pounds including a 3.49-pound kicker. He held 18th place on Day 1 with 4.61 pounds. On the final day, he brought in 9.38 pounds to jump 16 places.
First day leader Caleb Sumrall of New Iberia, La., dropped to third place with six bass going 13.18 pounds. On Day 1, he set the pace with 7.94 pounds including a 3.92-pound kicker. On the second day, he brought in 5.24 pounds.
Terry S. Posey of Denham Springs, La., dropped two spots to finish fourth for the co-anglers with six bass and 12.35 pounds. On the first day, he held second with 7.08 pounds including a 3.91-pound kicker. He wrapped up the event with 5.27 pounds.
Gerald “Scooter” Boyette of Baton Rouge, La., rounded out the top five co-anglers with a two-day limit of six bass weighing 12.28 pounds including a 2.79-pound kicker. On Day 1, Boyette held the eighth spot with 5.66 pounds. He advanced three spots on the final day with a 6.62-pound catch.
The top anglers from this division, plus those from the North Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee Central divisions advance to the two-day regional tournament, slated for Oct. 4-5, 2013, on Neely Henry Lake out of Coosa Landing near Gadsden, Ala. After the four regional tournaments, the top anglers from those events will compete in the BWS National Championship tournament, scheduled for Nov. 6-9, 2013, on Old Hickory Lake near Hendersonville, Tenn. The Boater Division champion will compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, set for Feb. 21-23 on Lake Guntersville, Ala.
For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble, tournament manager, at 318-201-3474 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.