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Reswebers adjust on the geaux

February 26, 2018 GMT

LOREAUVILLE — A University of Louisiana at Lafayette Fishing Team member made a statement, and how, that he’s out to defend his Catahoula Bass Association Angler of the Year title with a dominant catch in the opener on Feb. 18.

Braxton Resweber, 21, of St. Martinville, won the bass club’s first tournament of the year with a 3-pound plus average on Lake Fausse Pointe. What made it even sweeter is he fished with his father, Paul Resweber, and they put together a five-fish limit that would be the envy of any bass angler.

Their 15.15-pound catch was anchored by the last bass they caught that day, a 4.8-pounder reeled in by Braxton. The Reswebers topped a ??-boat field that fished out of Marsh Field Boat Landing.

“Oh, it sure feels good. I’m glad I got to do it with my dad, you know,” Braxton Resweber said Friday afternoon.

“Actually, we thought we’d do better. We ended up with 16 pounds, which was enough,” he said.

The father-son team topped a 12-boat field. Right behind the winners were Lance Poche and Blaine Borel with 14.6 pounds (.4 dead fish penalty included). Third place was nailed down by T-Roy Blnchard and Kyle Blanchard with 13.6 pounds.

The elder Resweber, 53, was fishing as a guest. Until this year, he was a long-time member of the bass club and finished runner-up in the bass club standings last year behind his son, who successful defended his bass club title from 2016.

Both bass anglers teamed up to catch about a dozen keeper bass and both believed the five bass they put on the scale would weigh more than they did.

“Yeah, honestly, we thought they’d be a little heavier,” Paul Resweber said, noting apparently their biggest two bass – the 4-8 and the 3-11 – had dropped their eggs during the spawn.

After his son caught their biggest bass, they breathed a little easier.

“We knew we had a better chance (to win) once we caught that one. That fish was over 21 inches. But it was already spawned out and weighed only 4 ½ pounds,” Braxton Resweber said.

The winners had a lot of bites but it didn’t show in their hookup ratio, both anglers said. They used a variety of artificial lures, including spinnerbaits and soft plastics.

They had to adjust to get the bass to bite, they said. The key was to downsize, they agreed.

“He (Braxton) did all the scouting. He found some decent fish and saw one big one that blew up on him. We kind of fine-tuned it (the pattern),” Paul Resweber said.

Having a comeback bait ready was critical, he said, especially to get their third-biggest bass in the boat.