Teams from HHS, DHS finish in top 25 at BASS state tourney

Two members of Hahnville High School’s BASS Nation fishing team finished in the top 10 during the state tournament, which was held in Stephenville last weekend.

Andrew Granier and Drew Melancon combined to finish seventh after catching 5.41 pounds of bass.

Fellow team members Bryce Daigle and Cody VanEck finished in 13th place, while Hahnville’s James Borne and Garrett Lauve came in 23rd.

Four Destrehan High School students also finished in the top 25. Logan Roussell and Torbin Breit finished 16th, while Spellman Deroche III and Dillon DeRoche came in with the 25th highest total out of 40 teams.

Most of the bass were caught on white spinner baits, white/chartreuse chatter baits, watermelon/red baby brush hogs and flukes.

“My techniques on pitching and punching baits have to improve,” Daigle, a Hahnville freshman, said. “This was a long and tough day to fish. This will definitely get me ready for future tournaments.”

Currently, there are 40 high school teams in the state registered with BASS Nation.

“We need to get 20 percent, or 80 schools total, before the Louisiana High School Athletic Association will recognize and sanction bass fishing as a high school sport in Louisiana,”

Gene Hoover, the Louisiana BASS high school tournament director said.“Bass fishing as an extra curriculum activity has a lot to offer high school students.”

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