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Prices’ first bass, a 4.98-pounder, is biggest of Hawg Fight

April 16, 2018 GMT

LOREAUVILLE — What a way to break the ice.

The first bass Keith Price hooked, boated and slipped into the livewell Wednesday while fishing with Dan Price, his nephew, during the second Wednesday Night Hawg Fight Bass Tournament Series was their biggest of the evening and, as it turned out, the biggest in the 31-boat field of Acadiana bass anglers who fished Lake Fausse Pointe.

While they were on the water, Keith Price, 59-year-old owner of Blue’s Archery at Cajun Guns & Tackle in New Iberia, didn’t think the bass was as big as it showed when it was weighed at the 8 p.m. weigh-in on the electronic scale under the pavilion at Marsh Field Boat Landing.

“I knew the fish was around 4 pounds. I didn’t know it was 5,” he said about the 4.98-pound bass he caught at approximately 7 p.m. That fish was worth $310.

He didn’t take a close look at the bass that inhaled a crank bait retrieved around a treetop in a line of cypress trees.

“That was the first fish we caught. I threw it in the livewell real quick and got my line back in the water,” he said. “I knew it was a good fish. I figured it was 3½, 4 pounds.”

The Price team was fishing hard when the big bass slammed the crank bait, he said.

“It happened real quick. I hooked it in a treetop close to the boat. I said, ‘You’ve got to get the net.’ It jumped, then it jumped right in the net,” he said.

Their three-fish limit weighed 7.29 pounds, good enough for a fourth-place finish.

Price did note one thing about their 4.98-pounder. “The head on that thing was huge,” he said.

It was a few drips of slime from being the second-biggest bass of the Hawg Fight. Johnny Schexnayder and Brandon Sellers, both of New Iberia, had a 4.8-pounder that anchored their winning stringer that weighed 10.06 pounds. They had some good-natured exchanges before both weighed in, Price said.

“Me and Johnny were clowning. He was asking me what we had. I said ‘Three and one 3½, 4 pounds,’ ” he said.

When he pulled the bass out, “He (Schexnayder) said, ‘That don’t look like no 3 ½ pounds,’ ” he said.

He said they were proud to boast the biggest bass of the evening: “Those guys in 31 boats, they’re all good. You’ve just got to get lucky sometimes.”