Giamanco Wraps Division Season With Delta Win
Larry Giamanco ended the Louisiana Division 13 regular season with a win during the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, tournament held June 1, 2013, on the sprawling Louisiana Delta.
Running out of Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego, La., on a hot, breezy day, the Walker, La., angler caught five bass weighing 8.62 pounds with a 3.34-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, Giamanco took home a check for $2,019.
“The wind was extremely bad,” Giamanco said. “That really hurt me because I found some good fish in Lac des Allemands. I started with a Humdinger spinnerbait and quickly put three fish in the boat. My co-angler landed one. I thought we were going to get a quick limit, but that was it. Around noon, we started moving into different canals. I flipped in a spot that looked good and caught two bigger fish. I caught six bass and lost two in all. I had another blow up on a spinnerbait.”
For the second time in four weeks, Ronnie R. Buquet of Houma, La., placed second in this event for the boaters. He landed a five-bass tournament limit going 8.57 pounds. Catching a total of 40 fish, he collected $1,009 for the effort.
“I looked for cuts with water movement,” Buquet explained. “With no tide, the only water movement was the wind. I jerked a watermelon red fluke through the grass getting that reaction bite. I used a heavier monofilament line to keep the fluke higher on the grass. I also caught two keepers on a swim jig. I caught a lot of fish, but most were short. I probably landed 10 keepers.”
In third for the boaters, Tre M. Gautreau, 31, of Gonzales, La., landed five bass for 8.40 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 2.67-pounder and pocketed $673 for the effort.
“With the water really high, that greatly narrowed down where I could fish,” Gautreau said. “I was punching through vegetation with a Missile Baits D Bomb on a 1-ounce weight. I also threw a spinnerbait. I caught a total of five fish.”
Barry M. Fallon of Slidell, La., finished fourth for the boaters with a five-bass limit for 7.86 pounds. Reese Watkins Jr. of Carriere, Miss., wrapped up the top five boaters with five bass and 6.86 pounds including a 2.48-pounder. James “Stuart” S. Covington of Denham Springs, La., brought in two fish, but his 3.35-pounder set the Boater Division big bass standard.
In the Co-Angler Division, Chad E. Ruiz, 43, of Walker, La., won with three bass going 8.38 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 3.40-pounder and went home with a check for $1,009 in his pocket.
“Everything I caught fish on was a slow bait where we could find clean water with a little movement,” Ruiz said. “I used a BassKandi speed bug in watermelon red around points in the marsh. In the morning, I caught some fish on a frog. I also caught a few fish on a crankbait. I caught four fish all day, three keepers and a small one.”
Taking second for the co-anglers, Jeff P. Cox, also of Walker, La., brought in two keepers for 5.51 pounds. However, he landed the biggest bass of the tournament, a 4.32-pounder.
Caleb Sumrall of New Iberia, La., finished in third with a three-bass tournament limit weighing 5.40 pounds. Gerald “Scooter” Boyette of Baton Rouge, La., placed fourth among the co-anglers with three bass going 4.25 pounds. Chris Englade of Houma, La., rounded out the top five co-anglers with three bass at 4.08 pounds including a 1.79-pound kicker.
The two-day divisional championship will be held Sept. 14-15, 2013, out of Doiron’s Landing near Morgan City to fish the Atchafalaya Basin. For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble, tournament manager, at 318-201-3474 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.