No. 1 –– The Scott Bullitt Benefit Big Bass tournament kicks off today on Lake D’Arbonne. If you haven’t already registered, you can do so by going to and signing up on line. It’s going to be a great day to go fishing and it’s for a great cause. The weigh-ins will be held at Ludwig Marine and after the final weigh-in, sometime around 6 p.m., local country singer Katie Knight will be putting on a performance of her new hit single, “Lake D’Arbonne”. And the crowd goes wild! Here’s more info:
Even if you don’t fish, come by and show your support for this event. You can catch a cool Scott Bullitt tournament t-shirt. Proceeds will go to his rehabilitation expenses after the enforcement agent was shot on the job earlier this year.
No. 2 –– Saturday is National Hunting and Fishing Day. The annual event in northeast Louisiana will be held at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Shooting Range from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. If you’ve got kids, ages 2 to 102, there’s a fun outdoor activity here for you on Saturday, Sept. 26. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries District 2 office does a fantastic job of putting this event on each year. Last year the event moved to the Sheriff’s range and didn’t miss a beat.
Kids can display their skills in bait casting, pellet gun shooting, duck calling and archery. The rest of the information is included below. NHF Day events that celebrate this national day began in Louisiana with an event at the local headquarters decades ago and it has keep going strong due to the love of the outdoors by so many people in our area.
No. 3 — Even though It’s a long way away, several local fishermen are taking part in the Crappie Masters National Championship on Kentucky Lake. Saturday is the last day. Just one of our local teams is in contention. James Morgan and his son, Chuck, are less than a pound out of the top ten. They caught seven fish weighing 9.41 and are in 19th place. That’s not too bad for their first Nationals against almost 200 of the nation’s best crappie fishermen.
“We’ve been blessed to get on some good fish,” James said from the lake this afternoon. “We stayed within 100 yards of the same spot all day, zig-zagging around over the fish. I fished it a lot like I approach D’Arbonne. We’ve still got some fish on the spot. I just hope we can get seven good fish Saturday. Who knows, if the leaders have a bad day and we have a really good day, we could easily make the top ten, maybe better.”
Local celebrities John Godwin and Jay Stone didn’t have a chance at the money after day one, so they won’t be fishing the final day.
“We found big fish in deep water one hour north of the weigh-in site on Tuesday,” Jay told me Friday evening. “We left them alone, but when we went back today, they were gone. We took an all or nothing gamble that didn’t pay off. That’s the way it goes. We long lined the flats after that and caught a lot of fish, but they were all small.”
That’s the way it goes sometimes. Just the duo’s presence at the event added a lot. Folks loved it and lined up to get their photo made with the duo. Monroe/West Monroe anglers Terry Richard and Casey Rayner are in 64th place with 6.5 pounds. Kevin Jones and Billy Joe Surface are in the lead with seven fish weighing 13.01.
We will have the final results for you here on lakedarbonnelife.com Monday.