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FOM hits D’Arbonne Saturday

If you want to go fishing on D’Arbonne Saturday morning, it might be a good time to spend the night in your boat — after you launch it on Friday night….Or else bring plenty of patience to the launching ramp Saturday morning.

Fishing pressure on the big lake has been intense recently. You would have thought it would have let up Monday, but that’s not true. I made a little trip down the lake Monday and between the Bernice Bridge and as far as you could see below the Ruston bridge, there were a total of 110 boats — and that’s the one’s I could see. There were dozens more on down the big lake.

With this week’s pretty weather, by the weekend, you can expect even more company.

The North Central Louisiana Division of the Fishers of Men  (FOM) bass tournament will join in the fun Saturday as well. They will be heading out of Ludwig’s Marine at daylight Saturday.

The Friday night meeting will be held at Temple Baptist Church in Ruston located at 1515 South Service Rd W, Ruston, LA 71270.  Registration will begin at 5:30PM. For more information, log on to the website at http://www.fomntt.com or contact Tournament Director Brent Crawford: (318) 548-4196 or brentwade@aol.com.

Price, left, and Elshout with the winning Claiborne catch

Price, left, and Elshout with the winning FOM Claiborne catch

The circuit kicked off the 2014 season with a frigid start on Saturday, February 8. As anglers gathered at Kel’s Cove on the shores of Lake Claiborne in Homer, the last flurries of snow from a winter front that pushed through the area in the days prior fell to the ground. With the front keeping air temperatures near freezing for most of the week and water temperatures in the low 40s, the field of 38 teams faced a daunting challenge for the eight hours of fishing that lay ahead. Once the weigh-in began at 3 p.m., it became evident just how challenging the conditions had proven to be for even the most seasoned anglers as nearly eighty percent of the field produced one fish or less. Despite the harsh conditions, Ruston anglers Mark Price and Martin Elshout successfully landed a limit of five fish weighing 14.83 pounds. The team reported catching their stringer while fishing Carolina rigs in 20 feet of water over a 15-minute time span in the morning hours of the tournament. Price and Elshout were able to catch one additional fish later in the day that they used to cull one of the smaller fish from their early morning catch. Their efforts earned the team first place in the tournament and a payout of $2,413.

Elshout said yesterday that fishing for bass on the lake has been pretty tough lately. “They are confused. A few folks have caught some around shallow water in the evenings, but with the cold nights they have been gone in the mornings. This week could move more of them up shallow. I’d expect that by this weekend.”

Last week’s FOM  second place team of Jerry Silmon and Schulyer League were successful in coaxing three fish weighing 10.11 pounds to bite over the course of the day. In total, the team earned prize winnings of $982. Rounding out the top three were Michael Colvin and Aaron Branch with two fish weighing 7.86 pounds. Each of the anglers’ fish was caught midday in three feet of water. With a 4.23 pounder that nearly took big bass honors, the team won a total of $721.

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