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Crappie Assassins share tips

Now here’s a fishing report you can believe — it comes with pictures! And actually, it’s a tournament report, too – from last Saturday’s Crappie Assassins tournament on nearby Lake Claiborne. You can bet the same type techniques and lures will work on D’Arbonne and other local reservoirs with deep water.

L.D. Henry

L.D. Henry

Getting away from the crowd at the spillway seemed to be the key for L.D. Henry of Simsboro in winning the tournament and $230 first prize. He landed seven fish at 11.15 pounds. Coming in second was Skipper Skains of Winnfield with 10.27 and Gary Calloway of Ruston was third with 10.04 pounds. Calloway also caught big fish – 2.33 pounds –  a local Crappie Assassin tournament record. Some door prize winners included Kyle Pate- 10′ Wohali Crappie Rod and a Mr. Crappie Solo Reel; Greg Johnson- Mr. Crappie Rod; and  James Morgan aka “Southern Chuter” – pickled quail eggs donated by fellow member John Ackle aka “Big John”.

A lot of smaller fish were being caught in the crowds down by the spillway, but the three winners left that area and caught fish in 25-30 feet of water not far from the state park near brush. The best fish were hanging near the bottom.  “Blue Thunder” jigs worked well. Here’s a tip that worked, too — using a bit of chartreuse/garlic dip n’ glow on the tails.

“I want to express my thanks to such great Club Members! You show up to fish, no matter the conditions….and you do in great numbers,” said tournament director and Crappie Assassins founder Brandon Jennings of Sikes. “A total of 18 members braved the winds  on Lake Claiborne. We not only held a tournament but we added several new members, and we broke club records for total Winning weight and for Big Fish. Pay-Out of $550 in total winnings, and awarded several nice door prizes, Not to mention the new friendships that are taking place are all proof that we have a good thing going!”

We will have more on Crappie Assassins and their group next week.

Gary Calloway

Gary Calloway

Skipper Skains

Skipper Skains

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