Buquet scores big win on Red River
ATHENS, Ala. – Ronnie R. Buquet made his first time fishing the Red River count by winning the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Louisiana Division 13 championship tournament, held Sept. 10-11, 2011.
Running out of Grand Ecore Landing in Natchitoches, the angler from Houma landed a two-day tournament limit of 10 bass weighing 19.25 pounds with a 3.87-pound kicker to pocket $3,108. Holding fourth place on Day 1, he landed 8.65 pounds. He increased his catch to 10.60 pounds on Day 2 to seal the Boater Division championship.
“I fished rocky points off the river, anything with a little moving current,” Buquet explained. “I found a sweet spot on the first day and pulled five keepers off of it. When I got there on the second day, there was already a boat sitting there, so I had to go to Plan B. I caught most of my fish on square-billed crankbaits and a couple on trick worms.”
In second, Lee Hillman of Slidell landed two five-bass daily tournament limits for a total of 18.92 pounds. Coming in just behind Buquet on Day 1 with 8.53 pounds, he caught 10.39 pounds on the final day to take home $1,554.
“I was fishing an oxbow and flipping a Nasty Baits junebug red finesse worm or a Nasty Baits jig with a bream-colored crawfish on the back,” Hillman said. “I hit isolated wind-blown wood and timber. Later, I started cranking around the rocks. I had a limit by 9 a.m. on Day 2. The key was watching for the shad popping.”
Bill L. England of Denham Springs took third place with 10 bass going 18.47 pounds. He caught 7.49 pounds on the first day, but brought in 10.98 pounds the second day, the heaviest single-day bag of the tournament.
“I caught a limit of small fish in a bayou close to the landing and then went elsewhere,” England said. “When I couldn’t find any more fish elsewhere, I return to the bayou and stayed there. The afternoon bite was better than the morning bite. We used spinnerbaits on the banks, crankbaits on the treetops and soft plastics in the bushes.”
Tommy Robicheaux of Erath finished in fourth place with a two-day catch of 10 bass weighing 18 pounds including a 3.40-pound kicker. Holding second place with 9.43 pounds on Day 1, he added 8.57 pounds on Day 2.
Chuck J. Dufour of Gonzales landed in fifth place with 10 bass at 17.02 pounds with a 3.04-pound kicker. He led the first day with a 9.46-pound bag and followed up with 7.56 pounds on Day 2. Ronnie P. Sharp of Hammond set the division lunker standard with a 4.07-pound bucketmouth.
In the Co-Angler Division, Scott A. LeBlanc of Maurepas won it all. He landed two consecutive three-bass daily division limits to finish with 14.74 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 4.47-pounder that took the tournament big bass title. Leading the division wire to wire, he brought in 10.11 pounds on Day 1 and coasted to victory with 4.63 pounds the following day.
“I used a War Eagle spinnerbait, throwing into structure,” LeBlanc said. “I let it slow roll and flutter. I caught about 10 to 12 fish each day.”
Gerald Boyette of Baton Rouge took second among the co-anglers with six bass weighing 12.72 pounds including a 3.26-pound kicker. Holding second throughout the event, he landed 7.26 pounds the first day and 5.46 pounds the second day.
In third, Charles V. Glorioso of Thibodaux brought in six keepers for a two-day total of 10.87 pounds with a 3.64-pound kicker. He landed weights of 6.09 and 4.78 pounds. Adam M. Hunt of Baton Rouge followed with six bass weighing 10.75 pounds with one 2.53-pounder. He caught 5.49 pounds the first day and 5.26 pounds the final day. Tate J. Orgeron of Houma rounded out the top five co-anglers with six bass for 10.25 pounds. He caught daily weights of 5.67 and 4.58 pounds.
For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble, tournament manager, at (318) 201-3474 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
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