Tournaments hit high gear

Four bass tournaments headlined last weekend’s action across southeast Louisiana, and the 10th annual Paddle Palooza kayak fishing tournament attracted a record-setting 272 anglers Saturday to Leeville for their one-day go at trout, redfish and flounder.

There was big news in Texas, too, where Pierre Part touring pro bass angler Cliff Crochet finished ninth on Falcon Lake, Gonzales longtime pro Greg Hackney earned another top 50 finish, and Keith Combs finished with a whopping four-day, 111-pound, 5-ounce total in the second Bassmaster Elite event.

The Eric Andolsek Memorial Tournament had the top stringer of the weekend: Leavitt Hamilton and Kelly Wheat used jigs and spinnerbaits in the clearest water they could find (areas near Scully’s and Doiron’s canals) for a near 151/2-pound total, and Brandon Chiasson’s 6.93 pounder in the Andolsek was the weekend’s heaviest bass.

Friday belonged to senior anglers, and 86-year-old Tony Latino’s 6.34-pound largemouth won big bass honors in the 55-and-older tournament at Belle River.

Joe Macaluso

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