Two local men are fishing in the Bassmasters Central Open #3 in Morgan City this weekend (Oct. 27-29) --Tyler Rivet of Raceland and Justin Estay of Larose, both members of the South Lafourche Bassmasters Bass Club.
While Rivet has fished several national events on the open circuit and as a member of the Nicholls State University bass team, Estay is a relative newcomer to major fishing.
Through the weekend Tyler will be fishing in the pro division. Besides large cash awards for the top winners, this division also provides top finishers a pathway to participation in the Bassmasters Classic on Lake Conroe near Houston on March 24-26, 2017.
Rivet is currently in 96th place of 201 fishermen in the Central Open point standings after participating in the other two Central Opens.
In June, Tyler fished in the first Central Open in Muskogee, Oklahoma where he finished 155th of 190 participants. In September, he competed on the Red River in Shreveport/Bossier City in the second Central event. There he had a much better finish, winning $2255 and placing sixth of 169 participants.
He would need a win or a strong finish in the Basin this weekend to advance toward the Classic.
Rivet also fished several events on the Bassmasters College circuit with his partner Jess Robertson.
The two Nicholls students finished sixth in Bayou Black in late February, and eigth in the College Series National Tournament on Green River Lake in Campbellsville, Kentucky on July 28-30th of this year, narrowly missing a chance to fish for a spot in the Classic.
Estay is fishing in the co-angler division in which he will be paired with a different pro on each of the first two days of the tournament. Justin will be competing only against other co-anglers for money and prizes.
Like Tyler, Justin fished in the Red River event and although he was disappointed at not boating a keeper, he said he learned a great deal from the tournament and from the pros he fished with and is hoping for a much better result this weekend.
Combined, the two anglers and their counterparts are fishing this weekend for $252,000 in cash and merchandise as well as qualification for future events.
The top five pros at the end of the season in each open division qualify for the Bassmasters Elite Series. The winner of each Open qualifies for the Bassmasters Classic, after competing in all three tournaments in the winner’s division.
Tournament weigh-ins will be daily at the Jesse Fontenot Memorial Boat Landing in Berwick on Thursday and Friday and at the Bass Pro Shop in Denham Springs on Saturday.
Tournament statistics will be provided on the Bassmasters website, www.bassmaster.com/results/tournaments/2016-bass-pro-shops-central-opens-3.
Posted on Fri, October 28, 2016
by Buster Avera Contributing Writer