St. Amant students win high-school fishing state championship

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Gene Hoover (right) presented St. Amant principal Mia Edwards with the state championship trophy earned by Braden Blanchard and Cade Fortenberry.

On Saturday, May 2, St. Amant's Braden Blanchard and Cade Fortenberry earned the state championship high-school fishing title, qualifying the two for nationals on Kentucky Lake on July 22-25.

They also get the opportunity to fish with the La. Federation Team on Ross-Barnett Lake in Jackson, Miss., in early June.

The boys are happy to say that fishing is becoming a more popular sport among youths and is finally being recognized as a high-school sport.

Braden said, "I would like to thank my school and my family for all of their support. I want to thank our sponsors--like Kistler Rods, Delta Lures, Rat-L-Trap and River 2 Sea, for the products they have given us."

Cade adds, "I also want to thank my mom and dad and Bayou Blend Meat Snacks. Their beef jerky keeps us going on those tough days on the water."

If you would like to help support their trip to Tennessee, the boys are selling raffle tickets and would appreciate your support. The raffle includes a 65 Tundra Yeti, a large K2 cooler and a metal crawfish table.

Also, they are putting on a fishing fundraiser tournament on June 27, at Bell River Public Landing. Seventy percent of the proceeds will go back to pay award money, while 30 percent will be put toward the trip to encourage young anglers to do well in the National High School Fishing Tournament.

To obtain raffle tickets or to learn more about the Benefit Fishing Tournament, please call Paula Blanchard at (225) 252-7219.

This Saturday, June 6, the folks at Galvez Hardware are sponsoring a special day to help spread awareness for the July 27 tournament. You can sign up there on the day of the event.

Also, there will be jambalaya and a 50/50 raffle to help raise money for Braden and Cade to have success on their trip to Kentucky Lake.

Come out this Saturday and help these St. Amant Gators represent the parish well at the National Fishing Tournament.