High school angler finishes sixth in spring qualifier

Neuville ventures outside his ‘comfort zone,’ finishes 6th by himself at Caney

CHATHAM — The Teche Area’s winningest high school bass angler overcame the odds fishing by himself on a body of water he never fished before to finish sixth March 13 in the Louisiana High School B.A.S.S. Nation North Division Spring Qualifier at Caney Lake.

Following a day of prefishing that was nothing to write home about, Hunter Neuville of Loreauville left the next day to fish against 111 boats carrying high school bass anglers, most with two high schoolers per boat. Neuville returned to Jimmie Davis State Park with a five-bass limit weighing 19.03 pounds.

The Highland Baptist Christian School senior later said he went out of his “comfort zone” — i.e. the shallow-water patterns that work so well in and around the Atchafalaya Basin — to catch the heaviest limit ever of his high school career.

“I was happy about it for my first time over there. I wasn’t expecting to do that good,” Neuville said.

Walker High School Fishing’s Tyler Covington and Brantley Tate were first with 23.58 pounds, including a 7.04-pounder. Wade Roberts and Zachary Lambert with the Barbe High School Fishing Club finished runners-up with five bass weighing 22.28 pounds. Ponchatoula High School Fishing’s Peyton Waller and C.J. Gatlin were third with 22.12 pounds….Full Story