Live Oak High students win Bassmaster High School Eastern Open

While many teenagers were enjoying Mardi Gras parades over the weekend, two students from Live Oak High School in Watson, LA won a BIG fishing tournament.

Live Oak Fishing Team Wins Bassmaster Open
Tyler Jordan (left) and Colby Badeaux (right) hoist their trophies after winning the Bassmaster High School Eastern Open at Lake Hartwell, S.C. on March 2, 2019. (Courtesy: B.A.S.S.)

While many teenagers were enjoying Mardi Gras parades over the weekend, two students from Live Oak High School in Watson, LA won a BIG fishing tournament.

Colby Badeaux and Tyler Jordan won the Bassmaster High School Eastern Open on Lake Hartwell, S.C. on March 2.

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Badeaux and Jordan edged out a team from North Georgia by 11 ounces.

Both teams caught a five-bass limit on March 2 that weighed 18 pounds, 5 ounces.

The Live Oak team caught a 6-0 largemouth bass, while the Georgia team’s biggest bass weighed 5-5.

Live Oak Fishing Team Wins Bassmaster Open
Colby Badeaux (left) and Tyler Jordan (right) hold three of the five bass at a weigh-in for the Bassmaster High School Eastern Open at Lake Hartwell, S.C. on March 2, 2019. Badeaux and Jordan won the tournament by 11 ounces. (Courtesy: B.A.S.S.)
Live Oak Fishing Team Wins Bassmaster Open
Tyler Jordan (right) and Colby Badeaux (center) speak with a Bassmaster emcee (left) after winning the Bassmaster High School Eastern Open at Lake Hartwell, S.C. on March 2, 2019. (Courtesy: B.A.S.S.)

Fishing In Tough Conditions…And Winning

Badeaux told Bassmaster officials that he and Jordan had been practicing on the lake the week before.

Officials said the conditions were tough on the due to recent heavy rains that raised the water level to full in Lake Hartwell.

The Watson natives their winning limit by catching all five bass within just 20 minutes.

The Live Oak High team used white ChatterBait and a black-and-chartreuse crankbait to catch their bass.

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Badeaux and Jordan beat out 167 other teams to win the Bassmaster High School Eastern Open.

“We were just trying to qualify for Nationals and wanted to go to the Classic again next year, and we got it done,” Badeaux told Bassmaster officials.

The duo has qualified to compete in the Bassmaster High School National Championship in August on Paris Lake, TN.

No Time To Celebrate

They’ve also qualified to compete alongside professional bass anglers in the Bassmaster Classic in 2020.

Badeaux and Jordan will have just a few days to celebrate their accomplishment as they will be heading back out this weekend to the same lake in South Carolina.

They will be competing in the Student Angler Federation’s South Carolina TBF Early Bird Challenge on Sunday, March 10.

Baton Rouge-area Home To Many Championship-level Teams

The win in South Carolina highlights recent success by Baton Rouge-area high school fishing teams.

Several local teams competed in the Bassmaster High School Series National Championship in August 2018.

A two-person team from Brusly High School finished in seventh place overall.

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