Tough Fishing In ABA Tournament
Winning angler Lucas Ragusa.
Things started slowly, but Lucas J. Ragusa caught enough fish to win the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Louisiana Division 13 tournament, held April 30, 2011, out of Bob?s Bayou Black Marina in Gibson.
The anglers could run for miles in the delta wetlands between the Atchafalaya River and New Orleans. Ragusa of Gonzales chose to fish in the Grand Lake area west of Morgan City. He brought in five bass weighing 13.53 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 4.77-pounder that took big bass honors in the Boater Division. For the win, Ragusa pocketed $2,375.
"The clouds didn?t help my bite," Ragusa said. "I caught the big fish first at about 8:30 a.m. I was fishing isolated grass patches blown up against some cypress trees. I was punching grass with a Skeet Reese Havoc punch bait and a jig. It was a slow, methodical bite. I had to throw it into a mat, let it fall and sit there for five or six seconds. At about 12:30 p.m., I caught my fifth and final fish."
In second for the boaters, Sandy J. Gaudet of Belle Rose landed five bass going 13.30 pounds. He brought in a 3.21-pound kicker.
"I was kind of worried at first," Gaudet lamented. "Then, the fish turned on. I was punching grass with a sweet beaver on a 1 3/8-ounce weight. I soaked the beavers in a crawfish formula and I think that helped. I ended up with nine keepers and lost three good fish that cost me the tournament."
Ronnie R. Buquet of Houma took third among the boaters with a tournament limit of five bass for 12.85 pounds. He also struggled at first light.
"The day started slow," Buquet said. "I didn?t catch anything until about 9 a.m. I ran to the river and finished up the day in the Wax Lake Outlet area fishing spinnerbaits and flipping junebug baby brush hogs."
Chuck J. Dufour of Gonzales placed fourth with five bass weighing 12.77 pounds including a 3.33-pound kicker. Bill L. England of Denham Springs wrapped up the top five boaters with five bass going 10.40 pounds.
Winning co-angler Todd Boudreaux.
In the Co-Angler Division, Todd Boudreaux of Gray landed three bass for 9.27 pounds. He secured his victory by bringing in a 5.23-pounder that took tournament big bass honors.
"My day started slow," Boudreaux admitted. "My partner was putting fish in the boat left and right. I switched several times, but just couldn?t seem to find the right bait. I finally caught a keeper at about 9 a.m. I landed the big fish at about noon. I touched a total of four fish all day; three were keepers. All of my fish came off of topwater baits."
In second for the co-anglers, Chris Pearson of Marthaville landed a division limit of three bass hitting 7.45 pounds, followed by Adam M. Hunt of Baton Rouge with two bass at 5.91 pounds. In fourth among the co-anglers, Chad E. Ruiz of Walker brought in two bass weighing 5.68 pounds. Rounding out the top five co-anglers, Chase M. Callegan of Brusly landed three bass for 5.41 pounds.
For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble, tournament manager, at (318) 201-3474 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
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