Junior anglers hooked on fishing

Ryan Reagan and Hudson Glasscock

By Paige Nash

The North Louisiana Junior Fishing League is still a fairly new competitive bass fishing league and trail. It was formed in 2019, creating a foundation focusing on 5th to 8th grade junior anglers in hopes to promote good sportsmanship and character building through fishing. 

The league hosts tournaments along a trail of local lakes, including Toledo Bend, Caddo, Cross, and Bistineau. 

Hudson Glasscock, Ryan Reagan, Gage White and Eli Still make up the fishing team at Glenbrook School. All the boys have placed in tournaments throughout the year. The Stage Four tournament was held at Lake Bistineau this past Saturday. Glasscock and Reagan placed third with White and Still placing fifth.  

“It got tough to find the fish later in the day, but we stuck with it and stayed with our first baits,” said Glasscock. “I can’t say what we used and give away our secrets. All the weights were tight and with a three fish limit, it could have been anyone who won. I’ll definitely keep fishing for Glenbrook and can’t wait for next year.” 

The league uses a point system throughout the year and based on that system and points earned after the stage four tournament, White and Still qualified for the North Louisiana Junior Fishing League Championship and the National Championship in Tennessee.  

The league championship is set to take place on Toledo Bend on June 11-12. The national championship will be held in Tennessee at the end of the month on Lake Pickwick. 

The junior fishing league is closely associated with and modeled after the North Louisiana High School League. 

It may only be the second year that Lakeside Jr./Sr. High School has had an official fishing team, but two boys are putting them on the map, as well. Eighth grader, Jake Glass and Sophomore, Hunter Sutton qualified and will be traveling to Tennessee to see if they can bring home that national title. 

“I’m very proud at how far they have come since it is their first year,” said Earl Glass, team captain and coach. “They have improved so much. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be able to guide them on this journey. Nationals here we come!” 

Eli Still and Gage White

Jake Glass and Hunter Sutton

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