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Lake life, Louisiana fishing

Take a number, please

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERANumber 68? Number 68?

And you thought taking a number at the Department of Motor Vehicles was tough.

Sunday afternoon the beautiful 70-degree sunny weather combined with quite a few hungry white perch to make it seem like anglers had to “take a number” to find a spot to fish along the river channel on Lake D’Arbonne.  At one point, I counted 68 boats within site of the Hwy. 33 bridge, all with at least two jig poles offering tasty crappie morsels. And that was just in one area of the lake.

Here, fishy fishy….

If the fish are biting anywhere besides the channel, you sure can’t tell it by making a trip around the lake. From the spillway to serveral miles north of Fork’s Ferry, there were boats…small aluminum boats…big bass rigs…pontoon boats — all in search of Mr. White Perch fishing along the deep water of the old river channel.

No. 1?

While hundreds of fishermen were hitting D’Arbonne, the top professional bass fishermen in the world were hitting Lake Guntersville in Alabama. Randy Howell didn’t have a fish fry in mind, but he did have his eyes on the top prize — $300,000.  And he boated it with an amazing once-in-a-lifetime catch.

howellHowell began hauling in Lake Guntersville lunkers minutes into the final round of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro. He lost track of how many culls he was able to make, but at one point he was trading 4- and 5-pounders for even larger bass. When Howell brought his bag to the scales, his five bass weighed 29 pounds, 2 ounces, with the largest going 7-3. The banner day beefed up his total to 67 pounds, 8 ounces.

“It was the best day I’ve ever had in 21 years of professional bass fishing, a day of a lifetime,” Howell said. “I’ve had this dream so many times, and it’s happening now. I can’t believe I won the Bassmaster Classic.”

“I caught my first one on my second or third cast,” he said. “I caught one almost every cast or two and had a limit in the first 10 or 15 minutes. It was quick.”

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