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Pirates on D’Arbonne; Kids fishing day!

Ahoy, Matey — there’s Pirates on the D’Arbonne.  Or at least there will be.

But they don’t have very big boats and from reading their plans, they seem to be harmless. You don’t have to bury the family treasure. They are the Bayou Pirates Northeast Louisiana Fishing Club and they’ll be coming to a stream or lake near you. In fact, the group plans on pulling together what must be the first ever kayak fishing tournament on Lake D’Arbonne this summer. Tracey Smedley of Farmerville will be president of the new group.

pirate logoStephanie Herrmann is excited about the new club and the growing number of folks who are involved in spending time in kayaks and canoes on our area waters. She has forms that you can fill out to join the club and it includes bylaws and expectations. From what I’ve seen, it can only be a good thing. Kayak fishing tournaments are a growing sport around the country and the local group could even bring in big events to our parish because of this. For more information, contact Stephanie at the Union Parish Library.

This news also comes on the heels of more exciting news for the area’s small stream explorers.

A brochure is being created to feature the best canoe/kayak water trails in the parish and believe me, we’ve got more than our share. You can learn more about all of this at:


The trails include Lake D’Arbonne, Bayou DeLoutre, the Ouachita River and more. Check it out! And if you are in the market for a kayak, make sure to check with the folks at Wood Marine in Ruston, one of the sponsors who helps bring you lakedarbonnelife.com each and every day!


There’s also an exciting family-oriented opportunity to take youngsters fishing at Lincoln Parish Park this Saturday starting at 10 a.m. The Christian Hunters and Anglers Association is sponsoring Family Fishing Day at the park lake. Actually, there are two divisions. The first division is the Park Division, for anglers fishing the park only. A second “non-park” division starts at daylight and you can fish on any pond or lake for any species of fish.

Participants must weigh in by 1 p.m. at L-4 Pavillion at the park. Prizes will be awarded and lunch served to all participants. YOU MUST REGISTER BEFORE THE EVENT TO TAKE PART. Make sure and sign up if you are interested by contacting Cindy Burns at cindy.burns@temple-ruston.org or by calling 318-255-3745.




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