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Antee, Hopkins Win on Red River in Yeti Tournament Trail

October 04, 2017

LSU Shreveport anglers Ryan Antee and Harrison Hopkins won the Yeti College Tournament fishing trail on the Red River this past Saturday, September 29, 2017. The LSUS duo weighed in five fish that totaled 11 pounds and seven ounces for the winning sack which were five ounces better than the UT-Tyler team that came in second. There was a total of 107 boats on the water competing in the event.

"This win means a lot to us," said Antee. "This was our first full tournament year and to be able to get a win is a huge confidence boost and to do it on our home lake makes it that much better." The tournament win today qualifies Antee and Hopkins to fish the 2018 FLW National Champions which will be held on the water where they won today, The Red River (May 30-June 2).

The day did not start out as the two had planned as when they arrived at their pre-fished spot, the water level was down two feet in the past two days. "We were worried that the fish we knew were there might have pushed out with the water level where it was," Antee said. But it did not take the two long to figure out that their spot was in good shape. "Once I had the first blow up on topwater about 10 minutes into the day, I knew it was on." Antee and Hopkins caught all of their fish that day using a buzz bait, providing excitement with some topwater explosions.