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It’s Crappie.com time on the ‘Bone!

They'll be after big ole' D'Arbonne crappie like these caught on the lake Wednesday before the front!

They’ll be after big ole’ D’Arbonne crappie like these we caught on the lake Wednesday!

Here they come again!

Doc Waldo. Southern Chuter. Slabmaster, Tracker123, LouisianaFishNut, Shadow, Greenshiner, Cajun Dave, Mr & Mrs. Luvtofish, Paw Paw Gene, Prefers Shiners, BigJohn and Magicman to name a few.

It’s the annual Crappie.com gathering at the D’Arbonne State Park Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They don’t have fancy matching fishing shirts or big wrapped fishing boats. They’re just regular folks who love to fish — for crappie. And they love chatting about their sport on Crappie.com’s Louisiana forum. And in person.  They’ll be coming from all over the state.  And they love to eat. My, do they love to eat. They have a pot luck dinner Friday night and a fish fry Saturday. Even if you aren’t a “member”, crappie fishermen are welcome to come meet the folks and join in the fun – and food. And food. And …well, you get it.

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 9.27.43 PMThere will be about a hundred folks for the gathering. They’ll spend most of each day out on the lake crappie hunting. They may hit it just right. No telling what this front that came through Wednesday night will do, but the fish should regroup and make for some good action by Friday and Saturday. Some good fish are being caught in the channels and also lots of little ones. The later is a good sign that there was a good spawn this year.

Here’s the deal:

There is a big fish pot that is optional for Friday and Saturday with a $5 entry fee per fisherman per day. Winner take all. Weigh-in will be at the cleaning station at the State Park. Fish will be weighed and tales will be fabricated. Then off to Cabin No.9 for the group supper around 7 p.m. each night. Otherwise they are doing something unheard of — just having fun fishing. No pomp. No circumstance. Just fun. Imagine that in this day and age!

The big fish catcher won’t be the only winner. Here’s a quick look at some of the door prizes that registrants will be vying for via luck of the draw: Yeti cooler bag, Todd Huckabee rods, Southern Crappie rods, Crappie Maxx rods and reels, Yeti cups, Bonehead jigs and bodies, free jigs coupon from Thumpit jigs, Midsouth tackle jig bodies, Crappieholic hats, caps and towels, spider rig set up from HI TEK, Engel live minnow box, Engel caps and coozies, Taser jigs and minnow set ups, BnM rods and reels,Johnson fishing tackle, Jase Robertson pro series duck call (not released yet), SKINZIT fish cleaning tool, Tye-pro, Southern pro tackle jig bodies, Crappie Psychic stuff, a bunch of slip bobbers from Everlasting Slip Bobber (ESB), hats, visors and shirts from Crappieflag and more. Winner, winner, crappie dinner!

If you have any questions, call or text Mark Weldon at 318-272-8069. He’ll call or text you back, unless he’s landing a big old Lake D’Arbonne slabber knocker crappie!

These folks are good for crappie fishing and good for the world around them! Welcome them to town and to the lake! We will have a complete report on lakedarbonnelife.com next week! Some of it may even be true.



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