Lakeview hosts first ever bass fishing tournament

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By Ethan Smith, exclusive to the Times

It was a memorable day for Lakeview High School Saturday, March 30. With the help of Parkway and Benton High Schools, the Gators hosted their first bass fishing tournament. The fishing program started last year, so for them to already host their own tournament is a big accomplishment.

Despite the bad weather, about 120 teams showed up to fish from sunrise to 3 p.m. That’s roughly 240 anglers, which made for a packed day on Black Lake.  Trophies were given to first through fifth place.

The following teams placed accordingly;

1st place: Colby and Maddox Williams; 20.04 pounds – Saline

2nd: Tripp Bowman and Matthew Nesbit; 19.01 pounds – Haughton

3rd: Clayton Mulford and Seth Spano; 14.08 pounds – Calvary

4th: Hunter Cheney and Ethan Tasche; 13.65 pounds – Parkway

5th: Camron Carraway and Cody Jones; 13.50 pounds – Claiborne

Lakeview’s highest placing team was Joe Gallien and Dillon Longino with 5.30 pounds and

Natchitoches Central’a highest placing team was Slade Sanders and Nicholas Chapman with 4.82 pounds.

It was a great day for all teams in the North Louisiana Fishing League, and there will surely be many more to come.