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Ba$$ Winner$

Gas at $3.49 a gallon is bad.

Bass at nearly $1,800 a pound is good.

Just ask Richie Moore of West Monroe. He won the annual Ronald McDonald House Ouachita River Big Bass tournament Sunday afternoon. He caught his 5.60 pound bass in the first hour of the tournament Saturday, but had to wait until the final fish had hit the scales to claim his $10,000 first prize. It held as the biggest bass of the weekend. And that made the largemouth worth just about $1,800 a pound!

Actually, with big bass of the hour money tacked on, his total check was $11,350. Now that’s what I call one good cast! Chris Young finished second with a 4.84 lunker followed by a 4.38 caught by Brad Welker. A total of 550 fishermen competed in the 23rd annual fund-raiser. Last year’s winning bass was a 6.58 pound lunker.

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Meanwhile, back on Lake D’Arbonne, the Fishers of Men’s latest tournament was won by a couple of consistent big bass fishermen — Kenny and Courtney Harris. Their five largest bass weighed 22.39 pounds to win the tournament by seven pounds.

This was the next-to-last stop on the North Central Louisiana division of FOM tournaments for 2014.

Fishing on D’Arbonne was excellent as several of the teams weighed in 13-15 pound stringers early, but none came close to the Harris team. They caught fish from one end of the lake to the other, fishing crankbaits and soft plastics in around five feet of water. Lane McGaha and Chase McCullin came in second on the day with 18.79 pounds. They caught their fish on crankbaits and Carolina – rigged worms in 7-8 feet of water. The Harris’ catch also pushed them to first place in the season’s point race, passing Greg Terzia and Ron Aulds.

Kenny & Courtney Harris with the D'Arbonne winners

Kenny & Courtney Harris with the D’Arbonne winners

Coming in 3rd place for the tournament was the team of Kevin Jennings and D.J. Hicks with five fish totaling 15.89 pounds. The anglers caught a dozen fish during the event including two larger fish (one weighing nearly 6 pounds) that were landed with a Zara Spook and a shaky-head soft plastic. In total, the anglers earned a payout of $710.

Other money winners in the tournament included: 4th place—Bobby Milner and Mark Hammon (5 fish, 15.76 pounds), 5th place—Jeremy Hinton and Chad Hendrix (5 fish, 15.49 pounds), 6th place—E.K. Koserog and Mark Etier (5 fish, 14.95 pounds and the big bass of the day weighing 6.69 pounds, caught by Koserog), and “just out of the money” consolation prize— John Ross and Ronnie Sanderson (5 fish, 14.28 pounds).

On the evening prior to the event, Adam Bricker served as guest speaker at the pre-tournament meeting held at First Baptist Church of Calhoun. At the conclusion of the message, two anglers rededicated their lives to Christ.  The final tournament of the North Central Louisiana Fishers of Men division’s 2014 season will be held June 21 on Caney Lake and will determine which team will take the crown as season points champions and receive an automatic berth to the national championship. For information, log on to the website at http://www.fomntt.com or contact Tournament Director Brent Crawford: (318) 548-4196 or brentwade@aol.com. Special thanks to Brent for running a great circuit and for keeping us all informed on the winners and their techniques!

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