Jason Pecoraro is Louisiana’s next hope for claiming a berth in February’s Bassmaster Classic in Shreveport.

The Youngsville angler, a member of the Atchafalaya Bassmasters, is one of nine Central Division bass fishermen vying for a Classic berth when the final weigh-in happens Saturday in the Bassmaster Federation National Championship out of Forsyth Park on the Ouachita River in Monroe.

The event opens Thursday morning with 3:30 p.m. daily weigh-ins through Saturday. Five others, one each from the Northern, Eastern, Southern Mid-Atlantic and Western divisions, will earn Classic spots.

Tournament director Jon Stewart told BASS reporter John Neporadny Jr. that practice days were rough: “The water is low and it is hard to get where the guys want to get.”

Pecoraro told Neporadny, “It has been sunny, so hopefully it won’t change things up too much. … The fish are definitely predictable because of the low water, so everybody is on top of one another.”

EBR sight-in

Hunters will have the next four days to bring their hunting firearms to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office Firearms Training Range to sight-in weapons for the upcoming deer season.

The range is located off U.S. 61 at 999 W. Irene Road in Zachary. Range hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Range officers from the EBR Sheriff’s Office and the BR Police Department will sight-in rifles of all calibers along with mounting scopes, and instruct in the cleaning all rifles.

There is no charge, but range officers said all weapons must be unloaded with bolts/actions open and in good working condition. Only factory ammunition can be used. For more information, call the EBRSO range (225) 389-8268.