Wow! Just plain Wow ! Saturday, Greg Terzia and Ron Aulds had a day that most of us only dream about on Lake D’Arbonne.
The duo caught a record-setting five fish limit of largemouth bass that weighed 27.34 pounds to take home the top prize in the Fishers of Men North Central Louisiana division tournament on the lake Saturday out of Ludwig’s Marine. It’s the largest five-fish limit in circuit history. That’s an average of 5.46 pounds per fish! And the duo didn’t even catch the largest bass of the day. That was an 8.17 pound bass caught by Courtney Harris.
Those were the best of the best among 100 anglers that found a perfect spring day on D’Arbonne. The winners also landed a $3,325 check for their win. Harris teamed with Kenny Harris to catch another whopper bag of bass, five that weighed 26.90 pounds that earned a $1,415 check. The catch, combined with a fourth place finish in the first tournament of the season, moved the father and son duo into first place in the points standings. That catch would win most tournaments on most lakes!
Here’s how the top fishermen did it. Most of the better fish came of mid-lake flats with a combination of creature plastics like senkos and brush hogs. The fish were in 3-5 feet depths and the early bite was the best. Some of the smaller fish were even caught in shallower water. There were also some good catches on jigs and even spinnerbaits. Again, the key was fishing slow and fishing structure on the flats. Ironically, what we heard from the fishermen indicates that the big fish are not on cypress trees yet.
Wouldn’t you know it? I get a great fishing report from some of the area’s top anglers and the next day the win blows 30 miles per hour from the north and the temperature drops 40 degrees…
Here’s the rest of the report from FOM tournament director Brent Crawford, who, by the way, puts on a fantastic fishing tournament! Jamin Brower and Michael Holmes reported catching nine fish during the tournament by hitting numerous locations on the main lake to finish third. The team’s success was found fishing jigs and spinnerbaits in less than three feet of water. With their five largest fish weighing in at 23.63 pounds, Brower and Holmes earned a payout of $850.
Other money winners in the tournament included: 4th place—Ivan Daigs and Sontus Mitchell (5 fish, 23.11 pounds), 5th place—Scott Smith and Stacy Boggs (5 fish, 22.19 pounds), 6th place—Jerry Silmon and Schulyer League (5 fish, 20.21 pounds), 7th place—Lonnie Dean and James Harris (5 fish, 19.89 pounds), 8th place—Lane McGaha and Chase McCullin (5 fish, 19.78 pounds), 9th place—Andy Alexander and Robert Massey (5 fish, 17.33 pounds), 10th place—Jeremy Hinton and Chad Hendrix (5 fish, 17.11 pounds) and “just out of the money” consolation prize—Craig Parker and Dusty Mobley (5 fish, 17.08 pounds). In total, the field of anglers caught 201 fish weighing 583 pounds.
On the evening prior to the tournament, nationally renowned angler Clay Dyer served as the speaker for the pre-tournament meeting held at Temple Baptist Church in Ruston. Despite being born without any lower limbs, no arm on the left side and a partial arm on the right, Dyer became a professional angler in 1995 and fished on the FLW Tour for four years. His story of faith, determination and a positive spirit inspired the crowd of over 120 anglers, tournament staff, friends and family members that attended the event.
The North Central Louisiana Fishers of Men division will hold the next tournament on Saturday, April 12 on the Ouachita River. Area anglers will also want to mark their calendars for Saturday, April 19, when the 3rd Annual Big Bass Open tournament will be held on Lake D’Arbonne. No Fishers of Men membership is required to participate and the event will include a Family Fun Night on the preceding Friday and hourly weigh-ins throughout the tournament day broadcast live by Z-107.5. For information on either of the tournaments, log on to the website at http://www.fomntt.com or contact Tournament Director Brent Crawford: (318) 548-4196 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fishers of Men would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the fine national sponsors that make Fishers of Men possible: Skeeter Boats, Yamaha, Stren, Pflueger, Strike King Lure Company, Nester Hosiery, Marshall’s Marine, Kings Home, New Tech Global, Lowrance Electronics, Power-Pole, Duckett Fishing, Buckeye Lures, Keelshield, Solar Bat, Jacobs Glass, Hydrowave, Rejuvenade, Berkley, and Rayjus Sportsware.
The North Central Louisiana Division would like to thank our local sponsors that were instrumental in bringing the Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail to local anglers: Ludwig Brothers Marine; Crawford Financial; Honey Hole Tackle Shop; First National Bank; McKinney Honda; KXKZ-107.5; McMillan Painting; Lane McGaha Insurance; Brown’s Landing; Greg Terzia Bait & Tackle; Southern Steel Fabricators; Farmerville Motors; Sherwin-Williams; James Davis Construction; Community Trust Bank; Ruston Glass & Mirror; PriceRight Apothecary Plus; and Radian L. Hennigan, CPA.