Chaneys have big weekend at Concordia _lowres

Photo provided by JIM BREAUX Wyatt Campbell's smile tells the story of his winning catch in the 7-10 year-old age group in the two-day Junior Southwest Bassmasters of Denham Springs bass tournament held on Lake Concordia last weekend. While his wasn't the heaviest stringer, nor did he have the heaviest bass, Campbell's effort stood tall among the three age groups competing in the Father's Day weekend event. The Baker youngster's heaviest largemouth weighed 1.84 pounds and his two-day total was 2.99 pounds. He was the youngest among the Youth Division anglers in the field.

Want to know what’s going on at Lake Concordia?

You don’t have to stand at the landing waiting for a grizzled bass veteran to show up, then grill him for the information.

Just go to Hanson Chaney, who won the 11-14 age group in the Father’s Day weekend’s special two-day, out-of-town Junior Southwest Bassmasters tournament for the Denham Springs-based club.

Chaney and his dad, John, dominated. Young Hanson bested the young anglers’ field with a 10-bass catch weighing 25.69 pounds, a total that any angler would be proud of on the Concordia Parish oxbow lake. John Chaney’s two-day total went 29.05 pounds, again another giant stringer.

From reports, this father-son team, from Walker, worked usual summertime Concordia patterns. It means finding shad — it’s better around piers with nearby cypresses — and casting spinnerbaits and lipless, shad-colored, hard-plastic lures that match the shad’s size. You also match the color of the water to the color of the lure. White spinnerbaits with single willowleaf blades work, but add chartreuse to the skirt (and to the lure) in off-color water.

St. Amant’s Braden Blanchard finished second to Denham Spring’s Alex Heintze in the 15-18 age group (18.92 pounds to 16.95), but Blanchard’s 16.21-pound catch Sunday was the weekend’s best single-day catch.

Hack’s hard charge

Greg Hackney, the national touring pro bass fishermen from Gonzales, hit paydirt the past two weekends, first by winning $100,000 in taking the Walmart FLW Tour stop on Pickwick Lake, then by finishing sixth in the new, four-day Bassmaster BASS Fest on Chickamauga Lake in Tennessee over last weekend. That added nearly another $19,000 to his June take-home.

Hackney’s 20-fish total hit 97 pounds, 7 ounces, more than four pounds better than the rest of the field on Pickwick.

“I was beginning to wonder if this would ever happen again,” Hackney told the crowd in Alabama. “It’s so hard to win one of these because it’s four days. There are so many variables, and these guys are so good. These tournaments are getting harder and harder, so to get the win is a blessing.”

Hackney has earned more than $1.1 million on the FLW side, and more than $1.5 million in B.A.S.S. events.

Cavell’s move

More will come on Baton Rouge’s David Cavell later this year when he competes in the B.A.S.S. Nation’s Nationals on the Ouachita River after he finished atop the Louisiana team in the Nation’s Central Division held on Lake Eufaula in Oklahoma earlier this month.

Cavell edged Gonzales’ Robbie Latuso for the state’s spot in the Nationals that will send six anglers to next year’s Bassmaster Classic set for Lake Hartwell in South Carolina.