It wasn’t just about the fishing or the food or the prize money or the music Saturday at Lake D’Arbonne. It was about good people. A good cause. And a good time.
The Scott Bullitt Big Bass Tournament was put on by a group of local fishermen and friends of injured LDWF enforcement agent Scott Bullitt. Money was raised to help him with his expenses as he works hard to recover. The tournament was sponsored by Marion State Bank and Batteries + Bulbs, but numerous businesses and individuals gave prizes and auction items. Bullitt’s partner, Josh Harris, led the way organizing the tournament and other wardens from around the area and state helped. Local tournament promoter and fisherman Dale Taylor put in countless hours organizing and handling the entries and weight-in duties. If you’ve never done that, you don’t know how much work it is. Dozens of other folks too numerous to mention all helped out.
Lache Pas La Patate (Don’t Drop the Potato) catering from Breaux Bridge came and gave away free jambalaya and white beans. It was the real thing, cher’! Country singer Katie Knight came and gave the first live performance of her new song “Lake D’Arbonne” on the shores of the lake. Mountain Man even came and gave her a big introduction. It wasn’t that many words, but it sure took a long time. Emmmm… Hmmmmmm. Lake D’Arbonne did her part, too, giving up some pretty good fish considering the time of year.
And oh, yes, amongst all this activity, a fishing tournament broke out. There were some really great fish caught. You’ll see the hourly winners’ photo at the top here today and we’ll have the complete results later this week. Special thanks to the fishermen who took part. This isn’t exactly the best time of the year to fish and it was hot and muggy out there, but they rose to the occasion for this special event. Good job.
It was already a good day, but when Dale started handing out the winner’s checks and anglers started signing the back of the checks and donating them back to the cause, it made it even more special. Thanks. Good people.
Special Note: There are still tournament t-shirts available at sponsors businesses and from Josh. They are great looking t-shirts and all proceeds to go Scott’s fund. Thanks.