The annual Crappie.com gathering on Lake D’Arbonne this past weekend was a huge success. As the old adage says, “A good time was had by all”. Yes, even most of the crappie. They had a good time because not that many of them got caught, skinned and eaten. But enough showed up to make the big Saturday night fish fry for fishermen from all over the state go just as planned.
“Wow, I just love this,” Weldon said. “It’s a great group of people and everybody pitches in and makes it so much fun. I had a great time fishing with my dad and seeing everybody. It’s just hard to explain. It’s why we all fish. It’s fun.”
Another thing the photo above proves is that a crappie fishermen just can’t have too many jig poles! Or too many pink jig heads tied on, especially on the ‘Bone.
It was a lot of work for Weldon, too. Between gathering up tents and aluminum pans and fryers and smokers and about $2,000 worth of door prizes, he had to bring two suburbans over from Bossier City just to get all the stuff to the Crappie.com headquarters at his Cabin No. 9 at the D’Arbonne State Park. In fact, everybody worked hard at fishing and putting on a good spread Friday and Saturday night. No country church homecoming lunch spread ever had it any better.
The high-pressure front that came in just before the Crappie.com folks made fishing tough.The bite was lite to say the least. A few good early pre-front fall fishing reports must’ve leaked out, too, because you could hardly put another boat in the lake Saturday morning despite the nippy temps and projected wind.
There were some good fish caught. Recent Missouri transfer Josh McGowan found a safe place on D’Arbonne and landed a 1.78 pounder to claim big fish of the event. It isn’t a tournament, but a prize is given for big fish.
It was my first time to take part in the event. I hope it won’t be my last.
Note: Crappie.com is a family oriented internet forum where crappie anglers from all over the world get together and chat about crappie stuff. There is a specific Louisiana forum where most of these folks stay in touch. You can find out more about them and what they do by going there. Go to Crappie.com for the main page or click the link below for the Louisiana forum: