Another fishing year has come to an end for the South Lafourche Bassmasters, a local bass club, with an unlikely competitor receiving top honors.
Terry Cheramie, Jr., a commercial fisherman by trade, but also an avid bass fisherman by choice, was the winner of SLBM’s “Angler of the Year”.
During an eleven-month span from February to December, he never trailed any of the other 30 club members.
Terry was the only member to fish all twelve monthly tournaments during 2017, and in his six best tournament, won 4 and placed 2nd in 2 others, for a total yearly score of 298 of a possible 300 points.
Yearly scores are calculated by tallying the best six scores of the year with first place finisher in a tournament receiving 50 points, second receiving 49, third receiving 48, and so on.
He also caught the biggest bass in three of the monthly tournaments. His 6.07# lunker in the club’s June tournament out of the Bourg Public Launch was the largest bass weighed by any club member in 2017.
A second place finish in Des Allemands in November and a first in Venice in December sealed the deal for Terry. In the latter tournament while fishing near Pass-A-Loutre, he caught a five-bass stringer that weighed 15.29# with a 5.12# kicker to top off his day.
In his 12 tournaments in 2017, Terry weighed in 57 bass (tournament limit is 5) that tipped the scales collectively at 116.22 pounds. That’s nearly 10 pounds per month--quite an accomplishment!
Other top finishers were Quentin Gondran of Lockport who finished 2nd with 291 points and Jacob Dufrene of Luling in 3rd place with 288 points.
Rounding out the top six were Chad Colombel with 286, Buster Avera at 285 and L.J. Dufrene at 281.
Congratulations to Terry and all the members of the club who experienced the full gamut of temperatures and weather conditions on pre-selected monthly tournament days to compete for honors.
From a miserable 27 degree day in January to a 99 degree “heatstroke” in September to a 35 mile per hour gale of a weekend in December that each made fishing tough, the members say they wouldn’t have it any other way.
The club’s last meeting of the year will be held on December 28. For more information about South Lafourche Bass Masters or to join, check the club out at slbmasters.com.
Posted on Tue, December 26, 2017
by By Buster Avera Contributing Writer