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Crappie Masters: The payola

Since Crappie Masters tournament payouts are based on the number of entries in the tournament, it’s impossible to know just how much money is on the table for the winners. But, here’s a good estimate, provided by Crappie Masters President Mike Vallentine. Based upon 70 teams entering the Louisiana State Championship on D’Arbonne Feb. 26 … Continue reading

D’bone landings; Claiborne crappie

We’re having a lot of guests at D’Arbonne this time of year and we get lots of questions about the best places to launch your boat. Here’s a quick look at the “landings”. Okay, let’s just call them boat launches. Here’s a chart of available public landings with coordinates and a bit of information. The … Continue reading

The lowdown on Crappie Masters

In less than two weeks, the biggest crappie tournament to ever hit Louisiana will be held on Lake D’Arbonne as the two-day Crappie Masters Louisiana State Championship is held February 26-27 out of D’Arbonne Pointe. One thing’s for sure, this year’s Crappie Masters tournament on D’Arbonne will have a new champion. Last year’s winners, John … Continue reading

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2 Corinthians 4:18, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

The bite is on

Only caught a few yesterday, but they were good ones! The white perch bite is on. Well, it was yesterday. It may not be tomorrow. But if it is, somebody should know, because there have been between 100 and 300 boats on D’Arbonne the past week or so, except Tuesday when the wind blew 40 … Continue reading

Sportsman’s banquet set

The 2015-16 Sportsman’s Banquet will be held February 20 with the doors opening at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. at the Willie Davis Recreation Center. This year’s program will highlight the late Joe Pickel’s life and adventures as a Union Parish hunting legend. In addition to presenting the conclusion of this hunting season, … Continue reading

Morgan: Consistent crappie

James, partner-son Chuck and grandson Kingston        Second in a two-part series A career in the Maintenance field taught James Morgan the importance of an organized, methodical approach to things. That has transferred to his crappie fishing. When he retired and moved to Lake D’Arbonne, he had a plan. “I told my wife six years … Continue reading

Morgan: fishing & serving

First of a two-part series James Morgan lowered the trolling motor into the water and headed into the wind while I made my way to the right front deck seat. James began preparing four 16-foot long fishing rods baited with Capps & Coleman double shiner rigs and settled in beside me. “Here. I’m even going … Continue reading

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Crappie Masters update

Here’s a rundown of the upcoming Crappie Masters tournament on Lake D’Arbonne: Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail will hold a National Qualifier and Louisiana State Championship February 26, 27, 2016 on Lake D’Arbonne, Farmerville, Louisiana sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Marine and Nitro Boats, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Union Parish Tourist Commission, Farmerville Chamber of Commerce, and … Continue reading

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