The Haughton duo of Matthew Nesbit and Tripp Bowman brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 13 pounds, 7 ounces to win the 2017 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Louisiana Open tournament on the Ouachita River. The win advanced the team to the 2018 High School Fishing National championship to be held June 26-30 on a fishery yet to be revealed.

According to post-tournament reports, the Haughton duo caught their fish targeting laydowns with a Junebug-colored Zoom Trick Worm, fished slowly on a shaky-head rig, near an area 15 minutes south of the takeoff ramp.

A field of 30 teams competed in the no-entry fee, tournament which launched from Forsythe Park in Monroe. In FLW/TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.

The Bossier duo of Bennett Hopkins and Tyler Hilton finished runner-up with five bass weighing 10-2. The Parkway duo of Taylor Williams and Nick Cannon finished third with five bass weighing 10-1.

Feature photo of Haughton’s Tripp Bowman and Matthew Nesbitt courtesy of FLW

— Staff Reports, newsroom@bossierpress.com