Hutchinson, Welch catch top prize at Canal Bank Classic

Peter Silas Pasqua
Don Hutchinson and Dustin Welch won the Canal Bank Club’s Bass Bash Classic Saturday afternoon with a five-fish stringer weighing 7.54 pounds.

HEAD?OF?ISLAND – Don Hutchinson and Dustin Welch  of Prairieville won the $1,128 first prize in the Canal Bank Bass Bash Classic Saturday by catching five fish weighing 7.54 pounds.

The team said they caught the stringer with spinnerbaits, crankbaits and frogs in the Blind River and Petite Amite.

Bubba Rossi and Glen LeMoine of Prairieville won the biggest bass category with a 1.90 pound fish that was caught on a worm in the Blind River. The fish claimed $150.

Austin Abadie and Murray Alexander placed second weighing in five fish at 6.50 pounds to claim $615.

Tre`?Gautreau and Boyd Gautreau of Gonzales brought in a 6.48 pound stringer with plastics from North Pass for third placed and $307.

Todd Rabalais and Jody Floyd’s stringer of 6.36 pounds took fourth place and Dave Cavell and Corey Wheat’s 6.18 pound stringer was good for fifth place.

A total of $2,050 was awarded to the winners.

Fifteen boats and 29 fisherman participated in the Classic according to Canal Bank Club’s Jonice Rutland.?The open classic’s entry fee was $110 if fished in four Wednesday evening tournaments, $160 for a mixed team and $210 if not qualified.

“It is wonderfull to see people that enjoy their sport and put so much pride into it,” Rutland said.

Rutland thanked Murray’s Superette for sponsoring a pastalaya dinner and Reggis Sheets of Cajun Meats for cooking the meal.

All fish were weighed by weighmaster Derrick Rushing.

Other sponsors include Paradise Pools, Crescent Crown Distributers, Champagne Beverages Jim Carey Distributors and Glazers Co. of Louisiana.

Rutland also thanked Canal Bank bartender Sherry Darr.

The Bass Bash is a 21-week tournament held each Wednesday from March through August at the Canal Bank Club on La. 22.

All fish were released.

This year’s catch on the final day was somewhat of a surprise as effects of Hurrican Gustav on the fishery caused the stringer for regular tournaments to drop to three fish because their just weren’t that many.

“The fishing have been very bad this year,” Rutland said. “There has not been many fish caught this year, truthfully.”

Rutland, noted that Tre` Gautreau was the lone fisherman to take part in each tournamet over the course of the 21 weeks. 

Boyd Gautreau and Tre` Gautreau’s stringer of five fish weighing 6.48 pounds was good for third place at the Bass Bash Classic Saturday. Tre` Gautreau was the lone fisherman to participate in every tournament this year.