Two for Two! Chatham, Parker win second straight NELHSA fishing tournament


Last year, Taylor and Landin Chatham, the brother/sister fishing team from Weston High got their picture taken regularly after continous top 10 finishes in the Northeast Louisiana High School Anglers Tournament circuit. They made an impressive duo that did so well they qualified for the year ending National High School Fishing Tournament.

Faced with having to get a new partner to compete with this year due to Taylor graduating last May, Landin turned to Jesse Parker from West Ouachita High School. While Parker may not be considered quite as “photogenic” as Landin’s pretty sister was, the new combination is earning their share of camera time after the first two events of the 2022-23 NELHSA Tournament Trail. The neighboring parish pair has also firmly entrenched their names atop the season long points standings by winning the second leg of the “Trail” held at Lake D’Arbonne in Farmerville this past Saturday.

Combined with their season opening victory on the Ouachita River in August, Charham and Parker has now swept the fall portion of the NELHSA cuircuit. The next scheduled event will take place on Lake Bruin on January 14th.

The talented twosome landed the maximum five fish allowed for a total weight of 13.84 lbs, including a 4.12 pounder that was the third largest bass caught. While this was .54 pounds more than second place Josh Arrant and Cade Brown the final margin was only .04 pounds as a penatly for one of the fish not being able to be returned to the lake was applied.

Hayden Davis and Maddox Duck of Quitman High also recorded a top ten finish by coming in 6th place out of the 50 teams who competed with a five fish stringer of 10.36 pounds. Maddox Williams of Saline and his partner Eddie Hyatt, Jr. from Lakeside High in Sibley came in 11th. Another QHS team, Waylon Sullivan and Jake Vail, ended up in 27th place with the Weston High School team of Joseph Irvin and Braydon Brown checking in three spots down to earn a top 30 finish.

Final results of NELHSA Tournament on Lake D’Arbonne

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