Photos by Freezing Time Photography: Sara McShan
Louisiana High School B.A.S.S. Nation held its first qualifier for the new North Division Saturday at Grand Ecore Recreation Area. Tournament director Michael Longino and his team did an amazing job putting on their first tournament for LHSBN according to a statement from the organization. There were 52 teams taking on a tough Red River, and even tougher weather conditions.
Despite the tough conditions, many teams managed to catch plenty of fish. There were 10, five fish limits brought to the scales, with 30 teams bringing at least one fish. The team of William Tew and Hunter Sanford of Benton High school topped the field bringing in 13.18 pounds anchored by a big bass weighing 4.53 pounds that took big bass honors as well. Brother Martin and Grant Schexnaider of Notre Dame High School were less than a pound behind the leaders with a five fish limit weighing 12.42 pounds.
Rounding out the top five teams were Lakeview High School’s team of Kain Custis and Jake Baldridge bringing in 10.93 pounds for third, Peyton Briggs and Dawson McCann of Buckeye High School in fourth place with 10.09 pounds, and in fifth place, Hunter Pinho and Jake Childress brought in a 3.48 pound big bass to anchor a 9.35 pounds, five fish stringer. All five of these teams qualified to fish the LHSBN state championship on Toledo Bend in the spring of 2020.
Buckeye High School took the “Team” honors bringing in the highest combined weight of its team members.