LSUS anglers in contention at Grand Ecore Bassmaster College Series event

(Photo by CHASE SANSOM, courtesy


NATCHITOCHES – College competition wraps up today, with high school anglers competing Sunday, on the Red River out of the Grand Ecore landing in the Bassmaster College Series and High School Tournament.

Hosted by the Red River Waterway Commission, the college series has brought anglers from near and far all week long in Natchitoches, as they fished practice rounds before getting into competition Thursday.

The LSUS tandem of Brayden Nichols and William Tew stand fourth with five fish weighing 11 pounds, 10 ounces after the first day in the 2023 Strike King Bassmaster College Series at River River presented by Bass Pro Shops.

Cole Holloway and Brandon Martin of Emmanuel College have a two-pound lead with five fish totaling 15 pounds, 14 ounces.

Another LSUS team, Tripp Bowman and Matthew Nesbit, has five fish weighing 10 pounds, 14 ounces to rank eighth among 126 competitors. Full standings are available at

Anglers head out at 6:10 and the first flight with the leader will be due in eight hours later at 2:10. Weigh in and awards will soon follow this afternoon.

High school registration is Saturday from 8-11 a.m., with competition Sunday from 6:10 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.