Landin and Taylor Chatham, a brother-and-sister high-school bass-fishing pairing, found themselves one member short for the First LHSAA Inaugural Regional high school bass tournament at Caney Lake on March 27. Taylor Chatham, the sister, had a scheduling conflict; she catches for her high school softball team and had two games scheduled on the same day as the fishing tournament.
Luckily, the Chatham crew didn’t have to look far for a solution to their problem, when they looked out their back door, and saw Ben Ramsey, a friend of Landin’s, out on the lake fishing.
Despite the last-minute change in roster, Chatham and Ramsey won in the tournament with a weight of 31.10 pounds. Chatham also caught the biggest bass of the tournament, 10.06 pounds, a new record.
“I was able to watch the weigh-in and make it back to Taylor’s game to watch them win against Byrd High School all on the same day!” said mom Jeannie Chatham.
Refusing to allow her brother to hoard all the fishing glory, Taylor Chatham joined Landin two weeks later in another tournament on Caney Lake, a Northeast Louisiana High School Tournament. The Chathams took first place with 22.68 pounds, and Landin Chatham again scored the biggest bass with an 8.71-pounder.
“We were so happy Taylor got to experience this also,” Jeannie Chatham said. “We love Louisiana fishing and sports, and I’m so glad high school kids have this opportunity!”
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