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  • Submitted photos Pictured left is Hunter Freeman. Below left to right are Jake Ormond and Tyler Stewart.
    Submitted photos Pictured left is Hunter Freeman. Below left to right are Jake Ormond and Tyler Stewart.
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Jake Ormond of Sterlington caught 42 pounds, nine ounces of bass to place 12th in his first tournament as a rookie on the FLW tourthispastweekend on Sam Rayburn in Texas. He pocketed $11,000 for the catch!

That’s not all. Monroe’s Hunter Freeman landed 41-12 to finish 16th and also won $11,000. And our other local entrant, Tyler Stewart of West Monroe, finished 26th with 32-10 in the tournament, winning $10,500.

John Cox of DeBary, Fla, won the event with a four-day total of 65-15 was enough to get the win by a 2-pound, 7-ounce margin and earn his fifth career victory in FLW pro-level competition. Each of those five victories have come from a different fishery and a different state.

“This was the best win I’ve ever had,” said Cox, who moved into a tie with David Dudley at No. 6 all-time with five career wins. “I usually start off the year pretty slow and get better through the season. To start the season with a win, I don’t even know what to say. I’m so thankful – this is just incredible.”

You can get all the results and keep up with these pro fishermen representing our area on the FLW tour here: https://www.flwfishing.com/.