ZWOLLE — It took a valuable hour or so Sunday to get back on the bass the Louisiana Bass Cats from New Iberia found the day before in the 2019 Louisiana Best 6 state bass tournament at Toledo Bend.
And when they did rediscover the pattern, the fish weren’t as numerous or big as they were Saturday, according to team captain Ben Suit of New Iberia. Still, the LBC, which was threatening in fifth place at the halfway point of the two-day tournament, managed to pool together a nine-fish limit that weighed 23.81 pounds.
“The fish just moved back a little bit and it took about an hour too long to adjust. We adjusted to get a limit,” Suit said.
The Louisiana Bass Cats’ six-man team fell to seventh in the 59-team field with a two-day total of 56.72 pounds and won $1,000.
The Toadhunter’s Bass Club of Alexandria won the prestigious tournament with 61.77 pounds. The runner-up was the Cleanwater Bass Club with 59.10 pounds, followed by Bayou Rod Benders, 58.87 pounds; Bussey Reservoir Bass Club, 58.31 pounds, and Louisiana Hawg Hunters Bass Club, 57.83 pounds.
The St. Martinville-based Atchafalaya Stump Jumpers, who led after the first day with 33.35 pounds, finished sixth — one spot ahead of the Louisiana Bass Cats — with 56.16 pounds and won $1,200.
“Well, I think we finished pretty good. We finished seventh out of 60 (59). Any time you cash a check against local clubs, against guys who get to spend more time up there than we do, that’s pretty good,” Suit said about his team.
The New Iberia-based bass club had visions of challenging for first the second day.
“We would have had to duplicate basically what we did the first day, which proved a lot harder than anybody thought it would be,” Suit said.
Suit, team captain by virtue of his AOY title in 2018, fished with his younger brother, Zach, also of New Iberia.
On Sunday, the Suits accounted for six of the nine bass the LBC weighed in for 31.91 pounds, including a 4- and 3 ¾-pounder. Mike Sinitiere of New Iberia, who fished with Ronnie Dressel of Loreauville, anchored their limit with a 6 ½-pounder he caught on a GYCB Swim Senko.
Chris Vedrines of New Iberia and Randal “Rooster” Savoy of Catahoula also added bass to the overall total for the Louisiana Bass Cats.
The pattern changed after Saturday, said the elder Suit, a 28-year-old life/health insurance representative for Erik Gullory State Farm Insurance in Broussard. The majority of the bass they caught Sunday were on white swim jigs.
“They were up shallow in the shoreline grass (Saturday). They backed out in 4- to 6-feet of water in the pepper grass,” he said, noting on that first day they took advantage of the shad spawn and active bass in water 2 feet deep and less.
The Suits finally relocated them and relayed the message to the other two boats in the bass club. But it was too little too late.
The Louisiana Bass Cats finished second-highest among Teche Area teams at the Louisiana Best 6.