Lamar Bunting didn’t just get to first base. He hit a home run cashing several checks in the Crazy Crappie Cash tournament held on D’Arbonne Saturday afternoon. His largest, a 2.65 pounder, was worth a check for $5,000.
Just to be safe, he had another 2.59 slab in the livewell he caught that last weigh period in case that one didn’t make it live to the weigh-in. He also cashed checks for crappie in four of the hourly weigh-ins as well with two more crappie weighing 2.18 and two weighing 1.97. He was, as they say, on ’em.
Lance Gates came in second with a 2.48 and won $2,500 and Travis Brown finished third with a 2.27 and won $1,000.
Bunting, from Conway, Arkansas, finished high in the standings for the big pro tournament last weekend on D’Arbonne, but for his big fish this Saturday, he changed the pace.
He fished in totally different areas, watching the fish as they staged for the spawn as the lake warms quickly. And his bait of choice was the granddaddy of them all — shiners.
It was a great tournament and a big draw for fishermen and fishing fans. Hats off to Bradly Isaac, Shane Hodge and Steve Adams for the great job they did putting on the event for the fishermen and the community. And thanks to all the sponsors who got their money’s worth and more.