Today, we turn this space over to Dale Taylor, director of this past weekend’s Majestic Bass tournament on Lake D’Arbonne:
The movie “The Perfect Storm” was the true story of a weather phenomenon that caused a gigantic storm in the North Atlantic Ocean. Of course if that storm had of just churned up the ocean for a day or two it would not have been much of a story, but people became involved when a long line sword fishing boat Captain decided to make an extremely long run from port in search of the big fish. The story of the Andria Gail and it’s crew members’ battle with the storm made the story.
Saturday June 13th was one of those perfect days for bass fishing on Lake
D’Arbonne. It was cloudy and cool with a chance of rain which meant low light
conditions and bass feeding in shallow water. The water was cool and was
stabilizing after rising and falling for the past month. On an ordinary Saturday
in June on Lake D’Arbonne there would be some early morning fishermen and
then plenty of pleasure boating in the heat of the day, not on Saturday June 13th
2015. At 5:30 a.m., 191 fishermen and women converged on D’Arbonne to try and
catch the bass that would win the “MAJESTIC” tournament and the perfect storm
The first weigh-in period ended at 8:00 a.m. with nothing really specular
happening. Jeremy Dutton won the hour with a 5.27 pound bass but second and
third were 4 pounders and fourth and fifth were 3 pounders. The 9:00 a.m. weigh-in
saw only 4 pound fish with Chad Posey winning with a 4.91 pound fish.
At the 10:00 a.m. weigh-in there was just a hint of what was to come as Brandon Thrash brought in a 6.32 pound beauty. The 11:00 hour saw two 5 pounders as Bobby Sanford won with a 5.53 pound fish and Todd Murray was second with 5.38 pounds.
The noon weigh-in saw Sontus Mitchell take the lead with a beautiful 6.97 pound fish and at the 2:00 p.m. weigh-in, Colby Duke’s last second entry of a 6.56 pound fish edged out Scott Dalrymples’ 6.05 pounder and the onslaught of big bass had begun.
During the 2:00 -4:00 p.m. period there were 4 more big 5 pounders with Colton Bradford winning with a 5.54 pound fish. Colton continued to bring in some big fish by placing in 4 of the last 6 weigh-in periods. He would finish the event with 5 fish weighing 24.15 pounds.
Josh Moore won the 4 to 6 weigh-in with a 5.63 pound fish, Michael Holmes Jr was victorious in the 8:00 p.m. period with a 6.13 pounder, Jake Ormond won the 10:00 p.m. weigh-in with 5.51 pounds and Jeff Pipes brought in a beautiful 6.67 pound bass to edge out Michael Boggs who had a 6.51 pound fish for the midnight
By this time I was dragging and needed to rest so my wife Gayle took over the scales and I crawled up in the back of her Yukon to get a nap. My eyes had just closed when I was awakened by cheers. I looked out the window and there was a man jumping up and down like he was in an ant bed. Scott Smith had just weighed-in a
7.04 pound fish to take the Big Bass lead in the tournament.
I was awakened again at 3:00 a.m. when sixteen year old Wesley Banks weighed
in a 5.97 pound fish to win the 4:00 a.m. weigh-in and solidify his claim on the first
place prize for the youth division. Wesley would go on to set a record for the youth
division with 5 fish weighing 18.10 pounds.
Jon Bearden won the 5:00 a.m. hour with a 5.57 pounder and Raymond Cheek
put a scare into Scott Smith when he brought in a 6.57 pound bass to win the 6:00
a.m. hour. The tournament ended with Michael Holmes Sr winning the 7:00 a.m. hour
with a bass weighing 4.83 pounds.
In all there were 35 bass of over 5 pounds brought to the scales nine of those
fish were over 6 pounds and 1 over 7 pounds. We weighed-in 298 fish that weighed
a total of 936.12 pounds for a phenomenal 3.19 pound average. Of the 298 fish
weighed we live released 273.
Much thanks to Glenda Roland, Glen Stewart, Daniel Taylor, Dekota Taylor and Ludwig Brothers Marine for there help in putting on this event.
It was finally over. The storm had passed. The waters calmed, and after handing out $22,000.00 in prize money I went home and went to bed.