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Fishing: Bossier City’s Nick LeBrun finishes 18th in Bassmaster Classic

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Competing for the first time, Bossier City’s Nick LeBrun finished 18th in the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

The tournament was held March 4-6 at Lake Hartwell in Greenville, N.C.

LeBrun, one of 55 anglers competing, weighed in a 15-fish limit of 42 pounds, 6 ounces over three days, winning $13,000. Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., won with 54-0, taking home the $300,000 first prize.

LeBrun was 33rd after catching a five-fish limit weighing 13-12.  He moved up to 25th after weighing in 15-5 on Day 2. On the final day, he weighed in 12-15.

Christie weighed in 17-9 to edge Kyle Welcher of Opelika, Ala., by one ounce for the title.

“Had a great day and great event just kind of chunkin’ it wide and power fishing, fishing with nothing to lose, especially on the final day,” LeBrun said in a video posted on his Facebook fan page.

He said he had success using Bill Lewis MR6 and Bill Lewis SB 57 crankbaits and Pulse Fish Lures’ Pulse Jig. He also caught 6- and 4-pound bass using V&M Baits’ J-Bug attached to a bladed jig,

“I would just throw this around some docks, around some rock banks, around bridge pilings, and just kind of where it felt right,” he said.

Last October, LeBrun won the basspro.com Bassmaster Open on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in Grove, Okla.

He weighed in 17-3 on the final day for a three-day total of 50-2, winning $47,833.

Because he fished in all three events in the Central Division, he qualified for the Bassmaster Classic.

“The money spends, but going to the Classic is a childhood, manhood, everything dream,” LeBrun told Bassmaster.com. “It’s going to take a while for that to sink in.”

He also finished second in the basspro.com Bassmaster Open at Lewis Smith Lake in Jasper, Ala., weighing in 33-6 pounds. Jacob Powroznick of North Prince George, Va., with 37-9.

The runner-up finish earned LeBrun $24,480.

In the first Open event last year at Pickwick Lake in Counce, Tenn., he finished 11th.

LeBrun, 38, became a pro full-time after winning the Bass Fishing League’s All American Championship in 2018. He has also competed on the FLW Tour and won almost $350,000 on the Major League Fishing Tour.

He has won more than $400,000 in his career.

The tournament on Pickwick Lake was only his third Open event.

LeBrun told Mark Hicks of bassmaster.com that fishing in B.A.S.S. Open tournaments has boosted his career.

“It opened my eyes to a lot of stuff,” LeBrun said. “I’ve never gotten that level of hype, exposure and publicity from anything I’ve ever done. People were reaching out and texting.”

LeBrun’s next event is the Bass Boat Technologies Stop 2 event on the Harris Chain of Lakes near Leesburg, Fla.

LeBrun lives in Bossier City with his wife, Jolene, and three children, twins Jaxon and Jayce, and 2-year-old daughter Sadie.

According to bass fan.com, his fishing sponsors include Skeeter, Yamaha, Bill Lewis Lures, Hayabusa, Lowrance, V&M Baits, Fitzgerald Rods, 4:19 Tackle, Power-Pole, AFTCO, Producer Swimbaits, Elite Tungsten, Sunline and G2 Gemini.

His non-fishing sponsors include Covington Lumber and Building Materials, Pumps Plus, Advantage Reliabilty, Cypress Baptist Church, Christ Fit Gym and Despino’s Tire Service.

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