Outdoor Corner: Tucker Tournament a huge success

Lyle Johnson
Winners of the Kid’s Fishing Derby (L to R) Brady Roper, Easton Townsend, Johnathan Fontenot and Gavin Morrison.

Last Saturday marked the 9th annual Fishing for Tucker Bass Classic. I’ve had the pleasure in taking part in most of them as their emcee for the event. Although some great angler teams took to the waters to compete against one another, this is much more than a fishing tournament.

More than showing who the best team of anglers were on that day, it shows the heart of the folks in South Louisiana. I’ve been involved in charitable organizations, fund raising events, and food collection projects before. The love for those less fortunate that is shown always seems too much for reason.

The voluntary support and the financial support not only comes from the more fortunate but also from those that might not have as much to give. People in our community are very generous with their time and money. So much so that there were 125 boats registered to compete, 30 kids that fished the derby, and we raised $19,596!

Tucker’s mom, Lee Townsend stated, “Fishing for Tucker 2019 is a wrap! Words can never express how much impact this tournament has on Tucker and my family. Thank you to the Fishing For Tucker team, the fisherman that show up year after year, the cooking team, the bakers, the sponsors, the volunteers, and the passerby’s who give a donation to a cause near and dear to my heart.

Our hearts overflow with joy and gratitude as we are blown away again for the 9th year in a row! From the participants to the volunteers to the sponsors and all who come out in support of our event, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. It takes each and every one of you to make this event a success. Keep on making a difference and God bless you all. Can't wait to see what year 10 will bring!”

Alright, here are the tournament results. There was plenty of competition in the Kids Derby. It was nearly as tense as the adult division. After three hours of tough competition and sometimes slow action Brady Roper won the 3-5 age group with a .25 bluegill. Taking top honors in the 6-8 age group was Easton Townsend. He won with a 4.10 channel catfish.

Johnathan Fontenot from St Amant won the 9-11 age group with a 2.60 largemouth bass and topping the 12-14 age group was Gavin Morrison who won with a 1.80 largemouth bass. They each won a stuffed fish pillow and a $40 gift card from Cabela’s. That will buy a lot of fishing tackle to help develop their angling talents.

As for the adult division, not only were there the normal friends that teamed up, we had husband and wife teams, father and son teams, brother’s teams, and family teams. All teams fished hard for six or so hours, trying to coax bass to hitting their offerings to bring a winning bag to the scales.

After the dust settled or maybe I should say the water settled, taking the first place position was the brother’s team of Johnny and Justin Piper. The pair fished the waters on the Lake Verrett side with a chatter bait and flipping plastics. They hauled in a five-bass stringer to the scales weighing 18.33 pounds and a pay day of $2000. Just think about it, those five bass were worth $400 dollars a piece.

Coming in at 2nd place was another family team, Chucky and Randy Son. These two guys fished on the Lake Verret side using spinner baits and chatter baits to land a five-bass stringer that weighed in at 16.12, and they took home $1500 for their efforts.

In third place was the team of Blake Betz and Logan Latuso fishing with a Delta Lures Thumper Jig to haul in five bass that tipped the scales to 15.74 earning $1000 for their efforts. Willie and Warren Couch brought in five bass for 15.47 for a $750 pay off and earned another $250 for their 2nd place big bass that weighed 5.36.

Rounding out the top five was the team of Joey Louque and Brandon Millet. This team also fished the Lake Verret area and brought in a 15.43 bag of five bass to the scales that earned them $650. Their string was anchored by the big bass of the day that pushed the scales to the 7.08 mark and added $500 to their pay day.

Filling out the top ten spots: 6th place was Tyson Mire and Christopher Patin; five bass @ 13.00, $500. The 7th spot went to Glenn Leonard and Nick Breaux; five bass @ 12.80, $325. Coming in at 8th was husband and wife team Jamie and Angie Laiche; 5 bass @ 12.73, $250. The 9th spot went to Shane Bourgeois and Johnathan Crowder; 5 bass@ 11.72, $225. And taking 10th was Wayne Major and Ray Altazan; 5 bass, $200.

The next local bass tournament is the LA-Bass event held out of Doiron’s Landing in Stephensville on February 16. There will be a captain’s meeting at the KC Hall on Black Bayou Road February 15 at 6:30 p.m. till.

Make sure to sign up at The KC Hall. We have many door prizes to give away. Have a chance on Our 50/50, Swamp Cooler Raffle, Jambalaya, Calcutta, and much more. Anything Outdoors will be hosting the tournament, and you don’t want to miss this St. Jude Tournament! All proceeds will go directly to St. Jude.

We have a great community that loves to give! Remember to keep the slack out and set the hook hard. Have fun in the outdoors, be safe and may God truly bless you!

Lyle Johnson is a free-lance writer, co-host of Ascension Outdoors TV and Curator of the Louisiana State Fish Records. He can be contacted at reelman@eatel.net

Outdoor Calendar

EASL Monthly Meeting: 3rd Monday every month, East Ascension Sportsman’s League meeting held at Chef KD’s on Highway 74 starting at 7 p.m. A meal served and special speaker will be in attendance.

Squirrel season: Through Feb 28 daily bag limit 8 possession 24.

Rabbit season: Through Feb 28 daily bag limit 8 possession 24.

Quail season: Through Feb. 28, statewide, private lands only. Daily bag limit 10 possession 30.

Fly-Tying Class: Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ascension Parish Library, 708 South Irma Boulevard, Gonzales. No fee. Learn to make basic bream, bass and saltwater flies and sac-a-lait jigs. Must bring materials. Call Darrel Crawford 225-253-4127. Email: wimpflies@gmail.com.

Fly Tying 101: Feb. 9 2-4 p.m., Orvis, Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge. No cost. Hands-on clinic covering basics of fly tying. Materials and tools provided. Registration required. Call 225-757-7286.

La-BASS Open Tournament: Feb. 16 at Doiron’s Landing Stephensville, La. benefitting Anything Outdoors Helping Kids. $100 entry fee, pre-registration required so see La-Bass on their Facebook page.

Volunteer Day/Derelict Crab Trap Removal: Feb. 16 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Toby’s Oyster Dock, La. 315, DuLarge. Remove abandoned crab traps in Barataria Basin. Wet gear, gloves needed. Volunteer registration at: lsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5b94Jc8VFxyBsIl.

LSU College Bass Team Benefit Tournament: Feb. 17 at Doiron's Landing in Stephensville, La. benefitting LSU Fishing Team. $100 entry fee, register morning of tournament. See LSU Fishing Team on their Facebook page for info and entry form rules.

Need an event publicized? Contact Lyle at reelman@eatel.net