Buckeye squad win Louisiana state bass title

Undermanned Buckeye squad wins state fishing title

CYPRESS BEND — Not bad considering it was their first time competing in the Association of Louisiana Bass Club’s State High School bass tournament.

Composed of mostly freshmen and sophomores, Buckeye Team 2 shrugged off a passing cold front, falling lake levels and stout competition to capture the school’s first state title in bass fishing Friday at Toledo Bend.

Oh yes, one more thing, they were one man shy of a full 6-man team.

“There are only 11 guys total on the team but they all love to fish. These boys rarely missed a tournament this year,” said Braxton Craig, one of the boat captains for Team 2. “I will say this … it was by far the toughest tournament they’ve fished this year, but I thought they handled the stress and the conditions well. They fished hard today.”

With their nine-fish, 28.93-pound bag of bass, BHS Team 2 unseated defending champion Tioga, which has won two state titles since the tournament began in 2013 and was attempting to become only the second team to capture back-to-back titles

Tioga Team 1 finished with nine fish, 26.72 pounds followed closely by Alexandria Senior High Team 1 (nine fish, 26.63) to take second and third. Rounding out the Top 6 were Oak Hill Team A (nine fish, 25.57 pounds), Grant High School Team Maroon (nine fish, 23.30 pounds), and LaSalle High School Team Gold (nine fish, 22.69 pounds).

Meanwhile, Buckeye Team 1, which fielded a full team, finished 15th overall as they boated just seven fish weighing 11.93 pounds.

“This was the most teams yet,” said ALBC President Elray Boudreaux. “We had 22 teams representing 13 schools. I really believe high school bass fishing is starting to gain traction as more and more schools take an interest.”…Full Story