Suit brothers make best of bad conditions; win at Fausse Pointe

Some of the remaining boats in the 27-boat field prepare to get underway at the start of the fourth Wednesday Nigh Hawg Fight Bass Tournament Series tournament Wednesday.

LOREAUVILLE — The Suit brothers — Ben and Zach — rode back across a choppy Lake Fausse Pointe from their Wednesday evening bass fishin’ hole “pretty much disgusted.”

“We didn’t think we did too good,” Ben added after the fourth Wednesday Night Hawg Fights Bass Tournament Series tournament of 2019.

When they returned for the 8 p.m. weigh-in at Marsh Field Boat Landing, the Suits found they weren’t alone. In fact, only 12 boats in the 27-boat field managed to catch a keeper-sized bass and only six of them had a three-bass limit in the tournament on the high and muddy lake system.

Ben and Zach, who won the Angler(s) of the Year title in 2018, took another positive step in their bid to repeat with one of those limits, which weighed 5.95 pounds for first place and $540.

However, the winners needed every fraction of an ounce to finish first because Billy Billeaud and his son, Greer Billeaud, both of Lafayette, had three bass that weighed 5.94 pounds worth $324.

“Talk about a nail-biter, huh? That’s about as close as you can get — pretty unbelievable,” Ben said Friday morning about the paper-thin margin of victory. 

“The lake was pretty cruel Wednesday night to everybody. Me and Zach were just happy to get points, let alone win it.”

Zach said, “You know, that much weight usually doesn’t win. There’s always a chance.

“It was definitely a surprise. It feels good when you work hard and it pays off.”

Marlin Hebert of New Iberia and his son, Colby Hebert of Loreauville, finished third with three bass at 5.61 pounds for $216. The Heberts won the last WN Hawg Fights BTS tournament on the lake April 24 with a limit weighing 9.42 pounds.

St. Martin Parish bass anglers Gordy Bourque and Lance Poche had the evening’s biggest bass, a 3.58-pounder worth $270.

The latest Hawg Fight, despite the subpar water conditions and however close, belonged to the Suits. It was their second straight finish in the money after coming in with an 8.94-pound limit April 24 to finish runners-up behind the Heberts.

The elder brother said they caught their winning bass on plastic frogs and spinnerbaits at an undisclosed location. They lamented the fact they couldn’t get a bigger bass to bite.

“I told Zach, ‘I cannot believe we can’t catch a 3-pounder.’ It got to the point like we couldn’t believe we can’t catch a 2-pounder,” Ben said.

Greer Billeaud remained atop the point standings through four tournaments with 371 points. The Suits closed the gap to 10 points at 361.

The next WN Hawg Fights BTS is scheduled to be held May 22 at the Fairfax Foster Bailey Boat Landing in Franklin.

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