Franklinton, Pine compete in tournament

Published 3:17 pm Friday, September 9, 2022

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Franklinton and Pine’s bass fishing team took to the water for their first ever high school fishing tournament on Saturday at Doiron’s Landing in Morgan City.

Pine brought three boats with one of them catching fish, as Levi Spears and Tyler McKenzie reeled in three fish with a combined weight of 5.97 pounds.

Spears and McKenzie came in 71st place out of 174 teams.

The rest of Pine’s teams were Luke Spears and Noah Barber with Mark Lott and C.J. Cobon. Cobon was unable to make it.

“It was a good experience,” Pine coach Jason McKenzie said. “I think the hardest thing for our guys was we got through a football game and we drove over 3.5 hours after the football game and went straight to fishing. I think they enjoyed the experience, but being right after a football game, it made for a long day. As far as fishing goes, they had a good time, they want to continue in the program and get better. I think the more experience we get in the tournaments, the better we’ll get.”

Franklinton’s team included Braylon Magee, Tyler Brumfield, Landon Compagno and Will Harmon.

Franklinton caught three fish in two boats. Harmon and Compagno combined for 3.3 pounds for two fish, while Brumfield and Magee caught one fish that weighed 1.49 pounds.

Harmon and Compagno were 112th, while Brumfield and Magee came in 142nd place.

“The kids fished hard,” Franklinton coach Vincent Chauvin said. “It was a very long day for them. Being their first tournament, they didn’t get much sleep because they were excited. They fished hard, a lot of snags, a lot of hits and a lot of broke lines.”

The teams next tournament is scheduled for Oct. 15 at Moss Bluff in Calcasieu Parish, which is a suburb of Lake Charles.

Franklinton and Pine are looking for donations to help support their fishing programs.

Pictured is Franklinton’s fishing team. Shown in the first row from left are Franklinton assistant coaches Toby Cooper and Danny Compagno; second row: Landon Compagno, Will Harmon, Franklinton head coach Vincent Chauvin, Tyler Brumfield and Braylon Magee.

Shown is Pine’s fishing team. From left are Noah Barber, Tyler McKenzie, Levi Spears and Luke Spears. Not pictured is Mark Lott.

Pictured are Pine’s Levi Spears (left) and Tyler McKenzie.

Franklinton’s Landon Compagno (left) and Will Harmon have their fish weighed at last Saturday’s tournament.