First, yesterday’s sunrise…shown above. Awesome, but cold… and yes, I was awake and yes, I stepped out in the backyard to take this picture. Glad my camera works when it’s 23 degrees….
Second, a story that made me so cold just trying to write it that I had to put on my jacket to finish it. Unfortunately, I can’t type with gloves on or I would have added them, too: The BASSMasters Classic is a long way from Farmerville, but since it’s the world championship of fishing and we are fishing crazy around here, it deserves some mention. And if you have had your head stuck in the livewell, there’s a special reason to follow it this year. A young man named Brett Preuett, a member of the ULM fishing team, has qualfied for the 56-man field. Not only is he an awesome fisherman, but he also a great young man. You can keep up with him this week here on lakedarbonnelife.com. Preuett lives in Monroe, is an employee with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office and is originally from Tioga.
For starters, official practice is underway today, with media day tomorrow and actual competion Friday through Sunday. Sunday, only the top 25 will continue to fish for the $300,000 top prize. The biggest news of the Classic so far: If meteorologists are right, Preuett and his fellow competitors are going to need all the warm clothing they can get. This will likely be the coldest Bassmaster Classic in history. Forecasted sunrise temperatures for Day 1 of competition on Friday are for around 10 degrees, and the high temp on Friday is supposed to be well…freezing…32 degrees. That daylight temperature? Add to it riding down the lake 60 miles per hour in a bass boat and, according to my friendly National Weather Service Windchill calculator, that’s effectively 33 degrees beeelloowwww zzzeeee rrrroooooo…Sorry. I gotta go warm my hands.
“Today we had registration. I had some good advice from veteran anglers like Randall Tharp. It is really great being around all the guys you grew up watching on TV and reading about in magazines. There is ice everywhere right now and tomorrow is our last day of practice. I hope to go out and see if this cold weather affected some of the fish I found. The weather is going to be brutal, but everybody has to face it. I’m just getting more and more excited s the Classic gets closer.” — Brett”
And Third, last but not least, don’t forget the Big Buck “Sportsman’s Banquet” Thursday night, February 19, 2015 at the Willie Davis Recreational Center in Farmerville, LA. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. There will be door prizes, the Big Buck winner will be announced, the mounted Big Buck trophy head will be there and cash prizes and door prizes will be given. A $500.00 dollar cash drawing will be held.
The Banquet will host entertainment and a guest speaker. Tickets are now available at the Chamber of Commerce office, 116 North Main Street, Farmerville, LA. Tickets are $20.00 per person which covers your meal and a chance to win $500.00 or you can sponsor a business table for $150.00. To sponsor a table is a $10.00 discount. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for information concerning the Big Buck Sportsman’s Banquet at 318-368-3947. For tickets, contact the Chamber Office, Lum Farr @ 318-914-3947 or Peyton McKinnie @ 318-557-7173. Other outlets will soon have Banquet Tickets.
This will be an event you will not want to miss. Seating is $20.00 per guest which will cover the cost of the Banquet, meal and a chance to win $500.00 cash. Meal catered by Mamoo’s of Farmerville, LA. See you there!