Bass tournament at Doiron’s raises funds for Dugas Foundation
By: Staff Reports
The 10th Annual Memorial Bass Tournament at Doiron’s Landing featured Bass Anglers Cliff Crochet and Mark Menendez as announcers. The first place prize of $3,000 was awarded to the Pinho father and son team in boat number 26 with five fish for a total of l6.41 pounds.
A prize of $380 for first place big bass went to Jeramie and Tommy Simoneaux. Kurt Wintz and Chip Morgan won $230 for big bass in second place and Wade and John Leblanc won third place big bass for $150. Of the total monies, 80 percent was awarded to fishermen and 20 percent to the Jacob Dugas Foundation.
In 2002, Dugas, at 24, passed away after suffering from Cervical Chordoma Cancer for six years. He constantly suffered severe pain but continued to pursue his love of fishing, becoming the Angler of the Year at the 2001 Bass Master Central Open.. During those brief years, Dugas also managed to receive a BS degree from LSU in Wildlife and Fisheries. Since his death, his family has established the Jacob M. Dugas Foundation which supports the American Cancer Society’s Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge. Hope Lodge helps reduce the physical, emotional and logistical demands of cancer treatment for patients in the New Orleans area.
Seventy six boats entered the tournament with money awarded to the top l5 places. A total of $14,000 was given out in total at this tournament. A live auction was held with numerous prizes given out . A raffle also was held and $878 was split in the half –and-half event.