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West St. John fishing duo named Fall Qualifier Champions

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EDGARD — West St. John High School fishing duo Shamar Pierre and Khristian Rousseve started the 2020-2021 bass fishing season off with a big win to become the Northern Division 2020 Fall Qualifier Champions.

The Northern Division qualifier, held at San Miguel SRA Park on Toledo Bend Reservoir, saw participation from 141 high school teams and 19 junior bassmaster teams.

Pierre and Rousseve had a five fish limit, weighing 13.39 pounds, and also had a 4.79-pound kicker. This allows West St. John to qualify for the state championship, according to Louisiana High School B.A.S.S. Nation.

The boys were coming off of a second place finish in the Eastern Division Fall Qualifier out of Doiron’s Landing in September.

Pierre and Rousseve also finished in fourth place in the Louisiana High School B.A.S.S. Nation 2020 State Championship in July. The duo is on a roll and, if they continue to fish like they have the last few months, they will have a good shot at qualifying for the national championship.

Louisiana High School B.A.S.S. Nation also held its Western Division Fall Qualifier recently out of San Miguel SRA Park on Toledo Bend Reservoir. Despite extremely tough fishing conditions, 140 high school teams and 14 junior bassmaster teams managed to catch quite a few fish.

Rounding out the top three was the Destrehan High School team of Ryan Black and Mark Lemoine with a very respectable 11.48-pounds, five fish limit.