LOREAUVILLE — The chatter and accompanying smack talk about Sandy Cove giving up multiple tournament-winning stringers of bass has been getting on the nerves of Breaux Bridge’s Drew Rivet.
Rivet and Dusty Davis of Jeanerette, a Lydia native, did their utmost to put a stop to it all Wednesday night when they won the Wednesday Night Hawg Fights Bass Tournament Series tournament out of Marsh Field Boat Landing at Lake Fausse Pointe.
“I’m tired of that Sandy Cove stuff. That’s not the only place in that lake that’s got nice fish,” Rivet said.
Rivet, 39, and Davis, 33, proved it with a three-bass limit that weighed 7.88 pounds to finish atop a 25-boat field that fished the seventh WN Hawg Fight BTS tournament of 2019. The winners traveled north instead of south to catch their fish.
And they did it without prefishing. And they needed each and every ounce.
“We hadn’t been on the lake in probably a month, so we took a gamble and ran up toward Catahoula. We found pretty water and started fishing,” Davis said later.
“We were going to the Texaco canals. When we got there (near the turnoff a few minutes after the 5:30 p.m. start), I said, ‘No, we’re going to do something different.’ We fish that part of Catahoula this time of year. Actually, we made a trip there in the springtime and caught some nice fish in there,” Rivet said.
Sandy Cove remained a player, though, due to an unseasonably high water level through mid-June. It gave up the second-place stringer Wednesday night, one put together by St. Martinville bass anglers Randy Durand and Gregory Bourque, who are warming up as the year gets hotter and spring turns to summer, which it did recently. They finished third two weeks earlier in WN Hawg Fight BTS No. 6.
Durand and Bourque’s limit Wednesday night weighed 7.85 pounds, good enough for $300.
Wilfred Gary Jr. and Corey Romero finished third with three bass weighing 7.38 pounds worth $200.
The winning weight, however, belonged to Rivet, an electrical instrumentation worker for Control Concepts, and Davis, an electrical worker for Logic Control Systems.
They made the most of that opportunity with a photo-finish win Wednesday night.
“It was time. The last one I fished was when we fished out of Franklin. We should have won that one,” Rivet said, noting two 4-pound class bass came unbuttoned at the boat, the first one hooked by Davis, then one hooked by Rivet, and got away in the fifth tournament of the year out of Fairfax Foster Bailey Memorial Boat Landing.
After a while on a hot and humid Wednesday night, River and Davis may have wondered if they made a wrong decision on their destination.
“Uh, it was kind of slow at first. There were certain areas the fish were located on. They were located on treetops,” Rivet said.
Davis had the first bite of the evening. He was flipping a watermelon tube jig.
“I missed the first decent fish. He (Rivet) caught the rest. He caught the biggest one with about five minutes left,” he said.
Rivet boated four keeper-sized bass, two on a watermelon Baudoin Bait Co.’s Swamp Hog made by Louisianian Landon Baudoin and the other two on a spinnerbait, Davis said.
Their “kicker,” the 3.78-pounder that decided the contest, bit in the waning minutes, according to Rivet.
“Oh, we were looking at the time. We were going to fish the last couple of trees on a point. I flipped under a tree and before I clicked it (engaged the reel), my slack took off out of the treetop with it. I set hook and she ran back under the treetop. I pulled her back to deeper water and flipped her in the boat,” he said.
“We were high-fiving and giving a few hollers. We were hollering,” Davis said.
They left immediately after the bass went into the livewell.
“We ran back to the landing with 30 minutes to spare. If we could have fished the rest of the bank I think we could have culled our last one (smallest keeper bass),” Rivet said.
Their biggest bass narrowly missed being the biggest of the tournament.
There was no doubt about the winning stringer. It wasn’t that close.
Davis said, “I knew we had between 7 and 8 pounds. But I knew they’ve been weighing close to 9, 10 pounds. I didn’t know if the other guys would come in with bigger fish or not.”
It was only their third WN Hawg Fight BTS tournament of the year because of their 14-and-14 work schedules, they said.
“It was definitely nice fishing with everybody. There are some good fishermen, you know? We definitely had fun,” Davis said.