It’s always refreshing to see young outdoorsmen do well, like a 16-year-old Catahoula bass angler did Wednesday on Lake Fausse Pointe.
Gavin Savoy boasted the biggest bass of the stormy evening when he got his hands on a 5.21-pounder while fishing with Brad Romero, 24, of New Iberia. That fish was the key to topping a 25-boat field in the sixth Wednesday Night Hawg Fights Bass Tournament Series tournament of 2019.
Savoy and Romero, who’s enjoying an unparalleled winning streak in the fast high-performance bass boat he got about two months ago, had a three-fish limit that weighed a whopping 10.08 pounds. The lofty finish pleased the younger angler, who said he has been getting serious about bass fishing ever since he passed the boating course and got his Boater Education Certificate, which is required by state law for all boaters born after Jan. 1, 1984.
“I’ve been casting a pole ever since I was big enough to pick up a pole,” Savoy said Friday afternoon.
Approximately four years ago, he began fishing bass tournaments. He learned a lot about bass fishing, he said, from his father, Blaine Savoy of Catahoula.
Last summer, after getting the Boater Education Certificate, he started fishing on his own in an 18-foot flat with a 60-horsepower tiller outboard motor in and around the Teche Area.
“Ever since then, I just take off by myself and learn” the ins and outs of bass fishing, he said. “Last year and this year I’ve been doing pretty good.”
He’s a catcher on the baseball team at St. Martinville Senior High School. Baseball practice this year kept him from fishing three of the six Hawg Fights.
Savoy was able to accept an invite from Romero to fish the sixth WN Hawg Fights BTS tournament of 2019. And he made the most of it about an hour into the tournament when he got bit after flipping a soft plastic creature bait in front of the boat and eventually landing the 5-pound class bass.
“That’s probably one of the best tournaments I’ve had this year and probably will have this year. I haven’t seen any 5-pounders caught in the lake this year. I’ve heard of maybe a couple,” he said.
There are other youngsters getting their feet wet in competitive bass fishing every other Wednesday on the Wednesday Night Hawg Fights Bass Tournament Series.
Two 13-year-olds can be considered veterans. They are twins Ben Romero and Luke Romero, who made history last year by becoming the youngest bass anglers to cash in in one of the tournaments.
The boys, who also play baseball, finished second in the third tournament of the year on May 9, 2018, out of Fairfax Foster Bailey Memorial Boat Landing in Franklin. After the boat they were in developed outboard motor problems at the start of the tournament, they were forced to fish around the boat landing.
They caught three bass that weighed 7.30 pounds to finish second in the 17-team field.
The Romeros fish with their father, Peter Romero, president of the Louisiana Bass Cats. They have competed in all but two of this year’s mini bass tournaments.
Others teens making appearances this year on the ultra-popular local evening bass tournament circuit are Loreauville anglers Hunter Neuville and Mike Louviere Jr.
Neuville, a member of the fishing team at Highland Baptist Christian School, has fished with his father, Tony Neuville, in four of the six Hawg Fights.
Louviere, who fishes with the team at Loreauville High School, has been on the water fishing during five of the Hawg Fights with his father, Mike Louviere Sr.
The future for Savoy, the Romero boys, Neuville and Louviere are bright. It’s great to see them out there.
DON SHOOPMAN is outdoors editor of The Daily Iberian.