The fishing duo of Michael Bonadona and Greg Diamond claimed first place at the Louisiana High School BASS Nation West Division Fall Qualifier last weekend at River Park Bluff in Moss Point.
The Brusly tandem edged out 119 other boats to win the competition with five fish for a total of 13.91 pounds.
Bonadona and Diamond picked up where they left off last season after a seventh-place finish in the national high school tournament.
Ethan Cruze and Carlo Castiglione from Sam Houston finished in second with a total weight of 8.38 pounds. Central High’s Connor Rushing and Ethan Simon landed in third place at 7.88 pounds.
Another Brusly duo finished in the Top 4 with Michael Sanchez and Dylan Eschette.
Each of our Louisiana trail (east or west) consists of four tournaments — three qualifiers and the Louisiana State championship. A point system will be used to determine qualifiers from each team trail. Points are based on the position a team places in each tournament
Last weekend’s event was the first of the west qualifier tournaments.
The state champion and runner-up from the state championship will qualify for the Bassmaster National High School Championship. The top 10 percent from each qualifier are eligible to fish in the state championship.
The next qualifier event for the west division is Feb. 16, 2019, at Basin Landing in Henderson. The final qualifier tournament is one month later at Toledo Bend.